Private Investigator Salary Information for Rhode Island

The occupation of private investigation is expected to grow over 20% nationally in the period from 2010 to 2020.  The average annual salaries for these professionals in Rhode Island are available from for September 2013.  They are listed below:

  • Private investigator:  $39,000
  • Private detective:  $26,000

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has provided 2012 salary information for the Norwich-New London area.  The annual mean salary was $44,880, while experienced professionals made $78,550 a year.

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As with most states, a license is required to work as a private investigator in Rhode Island.  In contrast to most, though, licenses are issued at the county or municipal level.  That state does require that applicants have liability insurance in the form of a $5,000 surety bond.

The state of Rhode Island requires a substantial amount of experience or training to be able to apply to be a private investigator.  One of the following is required:

  • Being a law enforcement officer or investigator for 5 years
  • Having a criminal justice degree
  • Being employed as an investigator for a private detective for 5 years
  • Having equivalent training or experience

Once a license has been obtained, it is good for one year.

There are a number of types of jobs available for licensed private investigators in Rhode Island.  While a substantial amount of PIs are self-employed, most work for firms that specialize in investigative and security services.  State and local governments employ a number of private investigators.

The other major employers of private investigators are legal and management services.

A detailed breakdown of annual and salary percentile wages is available from the BLS for the Norwich-New London area and is show in the following table.

Private Investigator Salaries in Rhode Island

Area name
Annual mean wage
Norwich-New London CT-RI
Estimate not released
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
Estimate not released