Private detective - Salary and Career
Investigation and identification agents

Private detective - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They investigate crimes, prepare forensics of objects, documents and crime scenes, plan investigations, carry out arrests, fulfilling a court order or in flagrante delicto, identify people and corpses, collecting fingerprints, palms and soles. They act in crime prevention, manage crises, assist victims, mediate negotiations and rescue hostages, organize papilloscopic records and guard prisoners. They record information in reports, bulletins and reports, collect depositions and give testimony.

How much does an Private detective earn

A Private detective earns between $1.100 and $9.314 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.102 and a median salary of $2.266 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 34 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Private detective

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.102 37.219 775 15
1º Quartile 1.100 13.200 275 5
Median Salary 2.266 27.192 567 11
3º Quartile 7.104 85.243 1.776 34
Higher Salary 9.314 111.773 2.329 45

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in administrative sciences
      • technicians of administrative sciences
        • investigation and identification agents

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Main workplaces

Investigation and identification agents police investigators and police papilloscopists work in public administration, security and defense bodies, as statutory bodies. Professional detectives work in personal service or self-employed companies. The work of these occupations is usually carried out in teams, under occasional supervision. The professionals work indoors, outdoors or in vehicles, at irregular and varied hours, with or without shift rotation. May be subject to pressure situations, exposure of toxic material and risk of death.

What does it take to work in the field of Investigation and identification agents

The exercise of these occupations requires high school education and professional training of 200 to 400 class hours (police investigators) and more than 400 class hours (professional detectives). Papilloscopists are qualified in specialized courses, with more than four hundred class hours, taught by police academies. Higher education is required for federal police papilloscopists.

Functions and activities of Private detective

Investigation and identification agents must:

  • scan documents, objects, and crime scenes;
  • make arrests;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • custodiar detainees;
  • identify persons and corpses;
  • communicate;
  • custodiar prisoners;
  • expert documents, objects and crime scenes;
  • investigate crimes;
  • manage crisis;
  • prevent crime;
  • plan research;
  • inspect documents, objects and crime scenes;
  • making arrests;
  • plan investigation;
  • make arrests;
  • making arrests;
  • organize papilloscopic records;
  • custodiar prinos;

  • Activities

    • check documents;
    • complete court orders;
    • demonstrate courage;
    • collect testimonials and statements;
    • assist in the reconstruction of crimes and locations;
    • keep up to date;
    • update papiloscopy museum collection;
    • check documentation in business transactions;
    • exchange information with similar bodies in the country and abroad;
    • produce statistics;
    • ensure physical and moral integrity of the prisoner;
    • make cadaver gloves;
    • handle weapons;
    • plan papilloscopic work;
    • escort detainees and juvenile offenders;
    • run special rounds;
    • show patience;
    • report;
    • interrogate indicted or suspects;
    • approach suspicious persons and vehicles;
    • teach papilloscopy techniques;
    • photograph people, objects and places;
    • preserve crime scene;
    • operate optical and digital image processing devices;
    • visit district locks;
    • request the presence of family members;
    • protect assets;
    • improve papilloscopy techniques;
    • work as a team;
    • confront witnesses and suspects;
    • seize weapons;
    • find fingerprints;
    • map victims and suspects meeting places;
    • reveal latent digit-papillary impressions;
    • proceed with preventive forum scan;
    • drive vehicles in an offensive and defensive manner;
    • rescue hostages;
    • assist in the reenactment of crimes and locations;
    • mark characteristic points in the fingerprints;
    • classify fingerprints and palms;
    • using artifices and disguises;
    • subpoena people;
    • collect evidence of crime;
    • demonstrate visual ability;
    • compose research panels;
    • archive individual dactyloscopic records;
    • qualify the person (collect personal data);
    • search suspicious people and places;
    • keep looking good;
    • block lost or stolen identity card validity;
    • drive vehicles offensively and defensively;
    • bringing the parties involved in the crime to the police authority;
    • take a detainee for urgent treatment;
    • confront fingerprints, palms and soles;
    • chat in code;
    • reporting the parties involved in the crime to the police authority;
    • list witnesses;
    • intermediate negotiations;
    • act discreetly;
    • register police reports and detailed terms;
    • profile the offender;
    • check reports;
    • demonstrate insight;
    • attest to the veracity of identity documents;
    • save values and objects;
    • interview people;
    • act with common sense;
    • physically empower yourself;
    • act with civility and respect;
    • collect fingerprints, palms and soles;
    • protect people;
    • find suspects;
    • driving a prisoner for forensic examination;
    • monitor execution of warrants;
    • infiltrate among suspects for investigation;
    • work as a team;
    • prepare composite sketch;
    • observe places and people (make a bell);
    • issue background certificate;
    • maintain professional ethics;
    • detect regions with high crime rate;
    • issue expert reports and technical opinions;
    • search in dactyloscopic and onomastic files;
    • bear testimony;
    • request firefighters, snipers, air support;
    • provide recognition of suspects and objects;
    • draw sketches of the crime scene;
    • monitor visits to prisoners;
    • set up barriers for investigations;
    • archive fragments of digit-papillary impressions;
    • analyze occurrences;
    • provide relief to victims;
    • isolate location;

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    • other professional, scientific and technical activities

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