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Private Investigator Job Overview

Private investigators research facts and analyze findings pertaining to personal, legal, or financial matters. They serve as background investigators, search for missing persons, and investigate cybercrimes. They may work for individual clients or for businesses or other organizations.

Private investigators perform a significant amount of their research online, where they can obtain personal details about an individual subject. They also conduct interviews over the phone or in person to confirm facts. In order to observe subjects or obtain information, they may go undercover. Typical private investigator duties include:

  • Verifying personal details, such as employment or income
  • Collecting evidence and searching records
  • Conducting surveillance, often undercover
  • Investigating information theft

Private Investigator Job Education Requirements

Some private investigator positions may require an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in police science or criminal justice. Many positions, however, simply require a high school diploma and work experience in law enforcement or intelligence. Most states also require private investigators to obtain a license.

Much of private investigators’ training takes place on the job and can be specific to a particular industry. Insurance investigators learn the intricacies of insurance fraud on the job, and computer forensics experts learn about software and technology on the job and at professional conferences.

Private Investigator Job Market

Through 2022, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 11 percent job growth for private investigators, which is average for all occupations. The projected employment in this field in 2022 is 33,300, which is an increase of 3,300 positions from the prior decade.

Increased security concerns and technological advances will cause specialists in this field to be in greater demand. Since this field attracts both young candidates with little experience and older candidates entering second careers with extensive investigative and law experience, competition is expected to be high for private investigator jobs. The BLS expects entry-level positions to provide the best opportunities for candidates, especially those with strong computer skills.

Private Investigator Job Salary Information

The average annual salary for private investigators is about $46,000, with the lowest 10 percent of salaries under $28,000 and the highest over $79,000 per year. The four top-paying industries for these specialists are finance and insurance, legal services, government, and guard and armored car services. Most private investigators work somewhat irregular hours, due to the need for after-hours surveillance. Work settings may also be unexpected or unusual, as private investigators trail subjects from vehicles and in various environments.

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This is a part time or full time position. Mornings, afternoons and evening hours available. Work is available up north as far as Grayslake or as far south as Chicago Heights and every where in-between. We will keep you as close to home as possible. No overnight surveillances or going out of town. Great position for Retired/off duty police officers or investigators looking for more hours. Surveill...
Invex Investigation Agency. Inc. is currently accepting resumes for a surveillance investigator to join our team. Assignments will be throughout the Greater Albany area. This is a part time position with the possibility of full time employment and requires applicants to have reliable transportation with a valid driver's license as well as a current registration and insurance credentials. A success...
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR - needed for growing company. Position requires daily surveillance of suspected fraudulent insurance claims in our service area. We are currently in need of investigators in the state of Mississippi areas. We are currently looking for people who have 1-2 years of experience for full time surveillance positions. All investigators must check in with office manager throughout th...
SIU Private Investigator-Insurance Fraud COMBINED INVESTIGATORS is a private investigative company specializing in insurance fraud claims. Enjoying over 27 years in business, CI provides service and coverage in the Southeast and Midwest to our satisfied clientele. We are currently expanding and seek diligent, results oriented and highly-motivated investigators who can consistently perform succes...
Private Investigator PhotoFax, Inc is a licensed private detective agency that specializes in video surveillance on insurance fraud cases involving workers compensation claims. We have been in business for over 25 years and are well established in this industry. We are seeking a confident, intelligent, motivated individual who strives for perfection in every task they undertake to help conduct in...
Marten Transport Groveton, NH
Job DescriptionResponsibilities:-Conducting field investigations and covert surveillance with an emphasis on insurance fraud and insurance claims defense-Development of investigative plans of action-Written and recorded statements-In-person interviews-Court, Public, and Private records review-Writing comprehensive investigative reportsSkills/Experience:-At least 2 years proven insurance claims inv...
Lemieux & Associates Houston, TX
Job Description: Description This is the place you always dreamed about working at!! Lemieux & Associates, a leader in the private investigative industry, provides detailed, accurate and timely investigations that help our clients make informed decisions. Our investigative team is comprised of highly motivated and skilled investigators with diverse backgrounds, who collectively average more tha...
Defense Investigators Group Inc New Jersey, NJ
Seeking a licensed and experienced private investigator in New Jersey. The ideal candidate will be able to conduct video surveillance and obtain both written and recorded statements. Please submit a cover letter and resume along with salary requirements....
Craigs list Houston, TX
CL dallas > dallas > jobs > et cetera post [ account ] 0 favorites0 — — — reply xprohibited[?] Posted: 2015-02-09 11:23am ◀ prev▲ next ▶ Licensed Private Investigator (Houston) compensation: $27,000 to $35,000 annual salary, with overtime, paid holidays, paid vacation, video bonus Private Investigators needed for Houston, TX and surrounding areas: Tired of destroying your own vehic...
Craigs list Dallas, TX
CL dallas > dallas > jobs > et cetera post [ account ] 0 favorites0 — — — reply xprohibited[?] Posted: 2015-02-09 11:20am ◀ prev▲ next ▶ Licensed Private Investigator (Dallas-Fort Worth) compensation: $27,000 to $35,000 annual salary, with overtime, paid holidays, paid vacation, video bonus Private Investigators needed for Dallas-Fort Worth, TX and surrounding areas: Tired of destr...
Meridian Investigative Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA
Responsibilities: -Conducting field investigations and covert surveillance with an emphasis on insurance fraud and insurance claims defense -Development of investigative plans of action -Written and recorded statements -In-person interviews -Court, Public, and Private records review -Writing comprehensive investigative reports Skills/Experience: -At least 2 years proven insurance claims inv...
Meridian Investigative Group, Inc. New York, NY
Responsibilities: -Conducting field investigations and covert surveillance with an emphasis on insurance fraud and insurance claims defense -Development of investigative plans of action -Written and recorded statements -In-person interviews -Court, Public, and Private records review -Writing comprehensive investigative reports Skills/Experience: -At least 2 years proven insurance claims in...
Defense Investigators Group Inc New York, NY
Defense Investigators Group Inc. Is a national private investigation company seeking an experienced and licensed Private Investigator in New York. The ideal candidate must currently hold a valid PI license in the state of New York and will have past experience conducting video surveillance and obtaining both written and recorded statements for AOE/COE and subrogation claims. This is a part time p...
Defense Investigators Group Inc. Is a national private investigation company seeking an experienced and licensed Private Investigator in New York. The ideal candidate must currently hold a valid PI license in the state of New York and will have past experience conducting video surveillance and obtaining both written and recorded statements for AOE/COE and subrogation claims. This is a part time p...
About EMSI: Examination Management Services, Inc. (EMSI) provides medical information, risk management and investigative services to the insurance, legal, clinical, and business communities. We empower our customers with accurate, comprehensive information to make informed, reliable business decisions. We work collaboratively with our clients to develop strategies that increase profits, enhance p...
JP Morgan NJ
140124455 JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of %242 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. The position is in the Consumer & Community Banking ...
JP Morgan Austin, TX
140122343 JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of %242.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & C...
We are currently seeking a Fire Investigator for our Rochester, NY office (full time or part time), whose principle duties will consist of determining the origin and cause of fires involving a myriad of incidents including residential, commercial structure, vehicle, and marine fires. Duties include gathering photographic and physical evidence, conducting investigations to document onsite condition...
RESPONSIBILITIES: A Fortune 500 financial services company is looking for an AML/BSA Investigator with experience in looking for suspicious activity and suspicious transaction reporting. This position is located in Chicago, Illinois (IL). In this role, the candidate will research, analyze and identify high risk customers and monitor the risk of potential Anti-Money Laundering or Terrorist Financi...
If you are a keen observer with an eye for detail and always gives 110% in order to achieve success, then a career as a private investigator is custom-made for you!Claims Verification Inc. (CVI) is looking for qualified candidates for an INSURANCE FRAUD INVESTIGATOR TRAINEE position in the Harrisburg, PA area. Qualified candidates must live in the area and cover the adjoining areas of the state as...

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