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

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. Itā€™s also common for salary to vary by location.

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Below is a glance at detective salaries in Missoula and Great Falls:

Missoula

  • Median: $69,180
  • Average: $84,140
  • High End of Salaries: $122,740

Great Falls

  • 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.

ComparativeĀ information regarding detective salaries in Montana can be seen in the table provided below (US Department of Labor):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Billings MT
50
78220
Great Falls MT
70
78730
Missoula MT
30
84140
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area
80
76540
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
140
77440
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
90
62660
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area
80
73360