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

Data published on the Kentucky Labor Market Information site (KYLMI) reveals a 74% difference in salaries for detectives, homicide detectives, criminologists and criminal investigators in Kentucky between $31,236 (entry-level) and $121,323 (experienced-level). The average salary, however, is $64,028, which is an hourly rate of $30.78.

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The Kentucky Labor Market Information site also published data on how salary varies by geographically:

FIVCO (Carter, Greenup, Boyd, Lawrence, Elliott Counties)

  • Entry Level: $35,869
  • Average: $79,283
  • Experienced: $124,804

Louisville

  • Entry Level: $34,528
  • Average: $77,332
  • Experienced: $124,808

Cumberland Valley (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Whitley Counties)

  • Entry Level: $32,400
  • Average: $73,109
  • Experienced: $121,329

Bluegrass Region (Lexington, Frankfort, Richmond)

  • Entry Level: $31,873
  • Average: $64,084
  • Experienced: $114,401

Lincoln Trail

  • Entry Level: $37,567
  • Average: $60,371
  • Experienced: $124,795

Jackson Purchase Region

  • Entry Level: $25,266
  • Average: $58,074
  • Experienced: $107,868

The table below provides further salary information about criminal investigators throughout Kentucky:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bowling Green KY
30
81360
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
350
71340
Clarksville TN-KY
110
42860
Evansville IN-KY
90
57840
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
50
71810
Lexington-Fayette KY
70
86990
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
200
68620
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
70
59290
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
90
38290

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