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

In March of 2013, the Washington State Employment Security Department reported an average homicide detective, criminologist and criminal investigator salary in Washington of $91,727. This is significant in that it exceeds the national average, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports is $79,030, by almost 14%.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that the top 25% of detectives in Washington earned $100,360 per year, while those in the top ten percent earned $122,720 in 2013.

The Washington State Employment Security Department further reported on detective salaries according to city, as shown here:

Seattle, Bellevue (King County)

  • Average: $103,132

Spokane (Spokane County)

  • Average: $92,861

Snohomish County

  • Average: $83,144

Kitsap County

  • Average: $92,444

Klickitat County

  • Average: $60,014

Clallam, Jefferson Counties

  • Average: $92,444

For comparative purposes, the table below shows salary figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for detectives in key locations throughout Washington:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
290
99490
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
30
107160
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
50
66410
Olympia WA
200
56280
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
600
76960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
750
87720
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
1030
83440
Spokane WA
240
78720
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
280
71730
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
40
58690
Yakima WA
80
65170
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
50
91250
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
70
79390
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
100
84800

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