In 2012, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Research & Analysis Bureau, reported an average detective salary in Montana of $72,760, although the median was slightly lower at $71,760. In general, the starting salary was about $51,300. The high end of salaries, which would encompass detectives with a great deal of experience in the field, was noted to be $91,730. It’s also common for salary to vary by location.
Below is a glance at detective salaries in Missoula and Great Falls:
- Median: $69,180
- Average: $84,140
- High End of Salaries: $122,740
- Median: $77,990
- Average: $78,800
- High End of Salaries: $109,110
Based on this information, entry-level salaries are likely to be higher in the Great Falls area. Detectives with more experience, however, earn slightly more in the Missoula area.
Comparative information regarding detective salaries in Montana can be seen in the table provided below (US Department of Labor):