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

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has found that the median homicide detective, criminologist and criminal investigator salary in Minnesota is $68,598. However, the average is about 6.5% higher at $73,486. Detectives who fall into the top 25% statewide are noted to average $87,318 while those within the top 10% average 25% more at $116,646.

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It’s also worth mentioning that Grand Forks is by far the highest paying area in the state for detectives. In fact, the median among detectives in Grand Forks is 26% higher than the statewide median:

Grand Forks

  • Median: $93,184
  • Average: $89,710
  • Top Ten Percent: $113,547

Minneapolis, St. Paul

  • Median: $69,492
  • Average: $76,585
  • Top Ten Percent: $121,076

Rochester

  • Median: $61,360
  • Average: $63,731
  • Top Ten Percent: $75,628

Saint Cloud

  • Median: $60,528
  • Average: $62,712
  • Top Ten Percent: $80,953

Comparative salary data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor for detectives and criminal investigators throughout Minnesota is shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
80
71790
Fargo ND-MN
30
90110
Grand Forks ND-MN
60
94780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
750
79010
Rochester MN
Estimate Not Released
57250
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
80
70590
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
40
79260
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
60
59490

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