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

According to the State of Virginia’s Labor Market Information website, the range of salaries for detectives, homicide detectives, criminologists and criminal investigators in Virginia is between $48,383 at the entry level and $107,144 at the experienced level. That’s a large gap, but the median salary statewide is pretty much in the middle at $79,830. The highest paying area in the state is the metropolitan area of Washington, Arlington, and Alexandria. There, the median salary is $116,201 with those in the experienced category earning in excess of $130,000 per year.

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Below is a look at how criminal investigator salaries compare by city:

Richmond

  • Entry: $46,989
  • Median: $69,472
  • Experience: $91,299

Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News

  • Entry: $46,621
  • Median: $75,491
  • Experience: $96,236

Lynchburg

  • Entry: $48,444
  • Median: $75,727
  • Experience: $84,185

Roanoke

  • Entry: $45,776
  • Median: $66,603
  • Experience: $85,681

Charlottesville

  • Entry: $42,886
  • Median: $60,489
  • Experience: $80,032

For comparison, the table shown here provides further salary information for criminal investigators and detectives in Virginia as reported by the US Department of Labor:

Area name
Employment
Hourly median wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
110
37.83
Charlottesville VA
40
26.27
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
50
22.08
Lynchburg VA
150
35.45
Richmond VA
570
30.15
Roanoke VA
120
33.11
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
560
28.46
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
4500
58.86
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
120
23.25
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
100
36.22
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
40
26.51
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
200
37.46

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