Utah’s Department of Workforce Services gave a four star rating to the occupation of being a private investigator or private detective in the state in 2013. The highest possible rating was five stars. This occupation was given its high ranking because there are relatively high wages and a good employment outlook in Utah for private investigators.
The average annual salary for private investigators in Utah in 2012 was $41,540 with experienced PIs in the top tenth percentile making $73,030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Provo is a particularly lucrative city in which to be a private investigator. This metropolitan area has the ninth highest level of salaries for PIs of any metropolitan area in the country. The occupation of private investigation is ranked among the top 100 paying jobs in Provo.
Salary data from the BLS by city is provided below:
The Department of Workforce Services projects annual growth in this field to be 3.6% a year. Due to the influx of law enforcement and military retirees into this occupation, the state projects entry-level positions in detective agencies to be the most likely places for jobseekers to find work.
Utah’s Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) requires a license to become a private investigator in the state. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and undergo a thorough background check.
The BCI has several requirements for those who apply to be private investigators in Utah. Individuals must have liability insurance in the form of a $10,000 surety bond and at least 2,000 hours of experience as an investigator.
Detailed information on the salaries of private investigators who worked in Provo and Salt Lake City in 2012 is available from the BLS and is show below.