Salaries for Detectives, Homicide Detectives, Criminologists and Criminal Investigators in California

Based on information published by the California Employment Development Department, there is a median detective salary in California of $97,260, and this is based on an estimated hourly wage of $46.76. The average salary comes in just slightly lower, but only by about 1.4%, at $95,867. Detectives in the top 25% have been reported to average $110,614 per year, which is about $53.18 per hour.

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Here is a look at how much detectives and criminal investigators are earning by location:

Los Angeles County

  • Average: $102,989
  • Median: $105,248
  • Top 25%: $116,854

San Diego County

  • Average: $97,723
  • Median: $97,843
  • Top 25%: $104,166

Santa Clara County (Including San Jose)

  • Average: $103,542
  • Median: $104,416
  • Top 25%: $122,532

San Francisco County

  • Average: $117,766
  • Median: $127,108
  • Top 25%: $140,004

Obviously, the best paying area in California for criminal investigators is San Francisco. In San Francisco, the median salary surpasses the statewide median by 23% and the top 25% salary by about 21%.

The table below provides further salary information regarding criminal investigators in California:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
150
82830
El Centro CA
860
85360
Fresno CA
240
79750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
3070
103540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
3810
102630
Modesto CA
40
82400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
290
102750
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
60
109360
Redding CA
40
92710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
1110
92960
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
970
80580
Salinas CA
30
99750
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
3050
99670
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
900
114180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division
610
119530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
290
102100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
740
98870
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
50
97700
Stockton CA
50
89720
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
50
87820
Visalia-Porterville CA
40
70560
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
50
66180

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