Private investigator - Salary and Career
Investigation and identification agents

Private investigator - 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 investigator earn

A Private investigator 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 Averwage.com 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 investigator

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 investigator

Investigation and identification agents must:

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

  • Activities

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


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