Salaries for Detectives, Homicide Detectives, Criminologists and Criminal Investigators in New York

The New York Department of Labor reports a median detective salary in New York of $97,050, which compares nicely to the nationwide median of $76,730 reported by the U.S. Department of Labor. The overall average salary in New York among detectives is $89,070. For those new to the profession, salary is likely to start out averaging around $51,340. However, there is a significant amount of financial potential in that those with a lot of experience have been found to average $107,940 per year, which is about 17.5% above the statewide average.

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More specific salary information by city is shown below:

New York City

  • Entry: $46,260
  • Average: $82,320
  • Median: $81,880
  • Experienced: $100,350

Western New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls)

  • Entry: $61,820
  • Average: $84,810
  • Median: $78,490
  • Experienced: $96,310

Long Island

  • Entry: $89,800
  • Average: $118,720
  • Median: $128,700
  • Experienced: $133,180

Hudson Valley (Albany, Troy, Yonkers)

  • Entry: $75,970
  • Average: $101,340
  • Median: $104,010
  • Experienced: $114,020

Additional information regarding detective salaries within New York is included in the following table for comparative purposes (US Department of Labor):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
670
84280
Binghamton NY
90
79290
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
630
86720
Elmira NY
30
69210
Glens Falls NY
30
54330
Kingston NY
50
75850
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
1180
118710
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
9200
93520
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
6620
86820
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
220
93820
Rochester NY
260
83280
Syracuse NY
250
87700
Utica-Rome NY
70
93720
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
410
86330
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
40
78220
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
90
82260
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
210
81220

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