Private Investigator Salary Information for Vermont

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the field of investigative services will increase 20.7% in the U.S. in from 2010 to 2020.  According to Vermont’s Department of Labor, 23 jobs for private investigators were listed in the state between July 2011 and June 2012. 

Information on the salaries of private investigators in Vermont in September 2013 are available from and are listed below:

  • Private investigator:  $37,000
  • Private detective:  $25,000

The salaries of private investigators vary widely, depending on what type of industry they work in.  Nationally, the most lucrative industry to perform investigations for is management, scientific, and technical consulting services.  The wages for PIs in this industry were 48% higher than the average annual wage in 2012, according to the BLS.

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High tech manufacturing is another type of industry that is lucrative for private investigators, particularly those of electromedical, aerospace, navigational, and control instruments.

A license from the Board of Private Investigative & Security Services is required to become a private investigator in Vermont.  Applicants will have to pass an exam before they can apply for their license.

Individuals who have been police officers for two years are exempt the rule of having to provide documentation of 2000 hours of experience as a private investigator in the three years preceding their application.  The Board performs criminal background checks on all applicants.

Once an applicant has received his or her license, there are a number of different types of work available.  Some of the specialties of private investigators include:

  • Computer based investigations
  • Criminal defense
  • Due diligence
  • Fraud
  • Missing persons
  • Process service
  • Records checks

    • Criminal
    • Motor vehicle
  • Skip tracing
  • Surveillance