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States with private investigator schools

How will your private investigator education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the private investigator education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 1 brick and mortar private investigator schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had private investigator programs were:

  1. Everest University-Pompano Beach - located in Pompano Beach, Florida

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in private investigating were earned by 15 students in the US. Of these students, 15 received an undergraduate degree in private investigation.


Students can pursue education in private investigation at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Private Investigation

Private investigator students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their private investigating degree:

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Corporate Investigation
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Planning and Organization


On average in 2010, private investigator schools in the US charged $13,536 in tuition per year.

The private investigator schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Everest University-Pompano Beach - located in Pompano Beach, Florida, students paid $13,428

How will your private investigator job compare?

Private investigator is the profession of choice for a large number of private investigator graduates. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 28,210 private investigators. The states with the largest populations of private investigators are:

  1. California - 3,300 Private Investigators
  2. Florida - 2,810 Private Investigators
  3. Pennsylvania - 2,330 Private Investigators

Projected Growth

The number of private investigators is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Virginia - 31%
  2. Mississippi - 29%
  3. Texas - 24%


Private investigators in the US can make an average of $43,228 per year. However, factors such as your exact job description, your exact job description, or education can cause the salary for a private investigator to vary greatly. Salaries for private investigators range from less than $15,750 per year to more than $120,750 per year. Private investigators in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Virginia - $66,590 per year
  2. Texas - $63,480 per year
  3. Arkansas - $62,150 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for private investigators:

  1. Idaho - $28,260 per year
  2. Utah - $30,370 per year
  3. West Virginia - $33,530 per year

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private investigation?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Private Detectives and Investigators 28,210 $47,830 -16.3%