According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (WDWS), the employment of private investigators in the state is expected to grow by 20.4% from 2012 to 2022.
While employment in the Cheyenne metropolitan statistical area is projected to drop, job growth is expected to increase by the following amounts in other parts of Wyoming:
- Northwest region: 21.3%
- Southwest region: 10.4%
Based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary of private investigators in Wyoming in 2012 was $55,300 annually. Experienced professionals in the top 10th percentile of their field earned $82,500 a year.
Wyoming is one of the few states that does not require a license to start work as a private investigator or private detective.
Many different types of industries employ these professionals. The WDWS projected the growth in the job rate of PIs in different industries in the period from 2012 to 2022. The industries listed below are expected to provide an increasing number of jobs for private investigators:
- Public administration: 21.8%
- Administrative and support and waste management and remediation: 15.7%
In contrast, the number of jobs in the retail trade industry is expected to shrink by 7.8% over that time period.
A substantial number of private investigators are self-employed. They can work for a variety of clients. Individuals frequently hire PIs to find missing relatives or friends or to spy on a spouse they suspect of infidelity. They also hire private investigators to verify that investment firms or brokers are ethical and not likely to abscond with their money.
Attorneys are another source of potential clients. Defense attorneys frequently hire private investigators to find information that might help to exonerate a client.
Other private investigators work for high-tech firms such as medical device or aerospace manufacturers.