Texas is a good state in which to find a job as a private investigator or private detective. Average salaries in this state are the second highest in the country of any state at $64,810 in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Experienced professionals can make nearly twice that in Texas. The average annual salary of those in the top 10th percentile was $117,150.
Employment levels are also high in this state. Texas was the state with the fifth highest employment of private investigators in 2012. Growth is expected to increase, too, according to projections by the state. It is expected to increase by 27.6% in the period from 2010 to 2020. Fifty-three percent of this growth is projected to be due to the creation of new private investigator jobs in Texas with the remainder being due to the replacement of people leaving the work force.
Of the 1,420 private investigators working in Texas in 2012, 44% of them were located in the Dallas metropolitan area. It had the fifth highest level of employment of any metropolitan area in the country in 2012. Houston had the tenth highest level of salaries of metropolitan areas in the U.S. that year. Salary information from the BLS for the two largest cities in Texas is listed below:
To become a private investigator in Texas, a license is required from the Texas Private Security Bureau. Applicants must be able to qualify as the manager or owner of a PI firm. If they do not meet these requirements, they must first train with a PI agency.
Detailed salary data is available from the BLS for individuals who worked as private investigators in Texas in 2012. It is provided in the table below.