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

Based on information released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the average detective salary in Pennsylvania is $80,330, which is nearly the same as the national average of $79,030. The variation between entry-level and experienced professionals is about 40%, as entry-level salary averages $55,290 and experienced-level salary averages $92,850. Of course, examining salary geographically is also important because salary tends to fluctuate that way.

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Here are salaries by county and city among detectives in Pennsylvania:

Philadelphia County (Philadelphia)

  • Entry: $60,730
  • Average: $84,460
  • Experienced: $96,320

Allegheny County (Pittsburgh)

  • Entry: $56,260
  • Average: $91,300
  • Experienced: $108,830

Lehigh County (Allentown)

  • Entry: $55,440
  • Average: $78,030
  • Experienced: $89,320

Erie County (Erie)

  • Entry: $50,650
  • Average: $78,950
  • Experienced: $93,100

This salary table is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and includes salary data among detectives across Pennsylvania:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
80
81540
Erie PA
80
78950
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
220
75020
Newark-Union NJ-PA Metropolitan Division
900
104600
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
1470
83310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
1960
85390
Pittsburgh PA
430
85580
Reading PA
100
64810
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
80
78650
State College PA
30
69930
York-Hanover PA
40
68180
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
50
64550

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