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Criminal Investigators are individuals who are responsible for investigating suspected criminal violations of law at the Federal, state, or local levels. Typically, the goal of their efforts is to arrive at a determination of whether there is sufficient evidence to recommend prosecution for an alleged crime. Criminal investigators are employed by a wide variety of law enforcement agencies, some of which have a very narrow scope (e.g., game wardens) and others which cover a far more general set of laws (e.g., a local Sheriff's office). It is safe to say that investigators are needed wherever crimes are committed.

At the Federal level, there are numerous agencies that employ criminal investigators. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as the nation's principal investigatory agency, is responsible for conducting sensitive national security investigations and for investigating violations of hundreds of statutes. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) protects the nation's land and water boundaries and employs investigators to address the unlawful entry of undocumented foreign nationals into the United States and the smuggling of contraband. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as the lead agency for enforcement of Federal drug laws, often conducts complex criminal investigations involving surveillance of criminals and infiltration of illicit drug organizations. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) investigates violations of Federal firearms and explosives laws and also violations of Federal alcohol and tobacco tax regulations. Other Federal agencies which conduct investigations of crime include the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Park Service, and the branches of the military.

Responsibilities

In a nutshell, a criminal investigator's job is to plan and execute investigations. A profile of an investigator's daily routine might include interviews with suspects, victims, and witnesses. It might also include gathering evidence and information associated with the crime being investigated. Depending on an investigator's specialty, he/she may focus on cyber-evidence, fingerprints, or DNA. Investigators are frequently required to appear in court to give evidence and/or testimony.

An investigator's responsibilities often depend on for whom he/she works. An FBI investigator will conduct surveillance, monitor court-authorized wiretaps, track the interstate movement of stolen property, examine business records, collect evidence of activities related to espionage, or participate in sensitive undercover assignments. Crime scene investigators will first secure a crime scene using ropes, barricades, guards, or some other means before conducting a search for all objects that might be considered evidence. They then collect this evidence and properly package it, and follow up by writing detailed reports, preparing accurate sketches and diagrams, and using professional photographic techniques to record the crime details.

A summary of the responsibilities of a typical criminal investigator might include any or all of the following:

  • Determine scope and direction of investigations
  • Obtain and verify evidence
  • Observe suspects
  • Interview witnesses
  • Examine records to piece together information
  • Prepare detailed reports
  • Collaborate with other agencies to exchange information and coordinate activities
  • Provide court testimony
  • Analyze evidence in laboratories or in the field
  • Perform undercover assignments
  • Perform surveillance using authorized techniques such as wiretaps

Job Characteristics

The working conditions for a criminal investigator are largely dependent on where and for whom the investigator works. Investigators who work for local law enforcement agencies usually work 40-hour weeks, although paid overtime is common. In this type of setting, there is frequently a requirement to work weekends, holidays, and nights. Crime scene investigators in particular are expected to respond to emergency calls whenever necessary 24 hours a day. Investigators who work for Federal agencies are often required to travel extensively, many times on very short notice. Some investigators employed by agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol work outdoors in all kinds of weather and occasionally endure rugged terrain for long periods of time.

Most criminal investigator work requires at least some degree of physical activity. A typical investigator can expect to do at least some amount of kneeling, stooping, reaching and/or climbing. Many types of investigators are required to carry firearms and are authorized to use them in performance of their duties. Investigator work can often be dangerous and stressful. In addition to the threat of confrontations with criminals, investigators need to be prepared to deal appropriately with a number of other potentially dangerous situations.

Criminal investigators must be detail-oriented and thorough. Most of them are required to be physically fit and some of them must be qualified to operate firearms. Investigators must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. The need to provide court testimony and to accurately document the details of an investigation makes effective communication a principal attribute of the job.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDL BLS), job employment is expected to grow at a faster rate than the average for all occupations. Heightened security concerns, a steady increase in litigation, and proliferation of criminal activity at all levels will fuel this job growth. A notable trend helping boost the demand for investigators is the proliferation of Internet-related crime such as identity theft, spamming, e-mail harassment, and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials. On a larger scale, a growth of worldwide financial activity will increase the demand for investigators to control internal and external financial losses and to deal with financial crime.

Criminal Investigator Training, Certification, and Licensing

Each agency has its own set of educational requirements and qualifications for the job of criminal investigator. Generally speaking, most employers look for a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject such as criminal justice administration or police science. This is especially true at the Federal level. Advancement in the profession will often require more than a bachelor's degree, and specialties such as cybercrime will require coursework in relevant topics such as information technology (IT). The best course of action for a prospective criminal investigator is to contact specific agencies with whom employment is desired in order to establish exactly what their requirements are.

Most careers in criminal investigation do not require certification, although certification is always helpful in terms of both gaining employment and also performing the job well. One example of an available certification in the field is the Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (or CCDI) credential, awarded by the Executive Council of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. The CCDI designation is awarded to professional criminal investigators who have met the requisite training and experience requirements as outlined by the Council. These include a combination of experience (proof of a minimum number of comprehensive assignments), coursework, and/or the ability to pass a written test. The International Association for Identification (IAI) offers a certification for crime scene investigators which can be earned at three successive levels: Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CSA), and Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (SCSA).

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Major Employers

Criminal investigation is a diverse and wide-spanning field, with a broad base of employers. These employers are both public and private and exist on a number of levels. At the private level, most investigators are either self-employed or work for investigation and security services. Most investigators are employed at the public level and work for local, state or Federal law enforcement organizations. Roughly half of the publicly-employed investigators work at the local level, and about one third of them are employed by the Federal government.

Schools for Detectives And Criminal Investigators are listed in the column to the left.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Detectives and Criminal Investigators jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 220 $63,230
Hoover 220 $63,230
Montgomery 210 $54,950
Mobile 180 $42,860
Huntsville 170 $79,070
Foley 90 $46,580
Daphne 90 $46,580
Fairhope 90 $46,580
Decatur 70 $45,480
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tucson 1800 $78,230
Mesa 1700 $75,170
Scottsdale 1700 $75,170
Phoenix 1700 $75,170
Douglas 960 $78,220
Sierra Vista 960 $78,220
Yuma 650 $80,480
Flagstaff 70 $67,420
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 220 $45,230
North Little Rock 220 $45,230
Little Rock 220 $45,230
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 4120 $117,320
Los Angeles 4120 $117,320
Long Beach 4120 $117,320
Carlsbad 3130 $87,790
San Diego 3130 $87,790
Arcade 1030 $81,630
Arden 1030 $81,630
Sacramento 1030 $81,630
Roseville 1030 $81,630
Ontario 1020 $89,850
Riverside 1020 $89,850
San Bernardino 1020 $89,850
Hayward 720 $117,880
San Francisco 720 $117,880
Oakland 720 $117,880
El Centro 700 $78,130
Fresno 250 $82,860
Bakersfield 200 $85,720
Santa Clara 180 $105,380
Sunnyvale 180 $105,380
San Jose 180 $105,380
Lodi 120 $82,080
Stockton 120 $82,080
Modesto 80 $77,560
Thousand Oaks 80 $117,830
Ventura 80 $117,830
Oxnard 80 $117,830
Fairfield 60 $80,850
Vallejo 60 $80,850
Santa Rosa 40 $81,000
Redding 40 $98,340
Corcoran 30 $74,070
Hanford 30 $74,070
Arroyo Grande 30 $82,960
Paso Robles 30 $82,960
San Luis Obispo 30 $82,960
Santa Barbara 30 $101,500
Santa Maria 30 $101,500
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1120 $90,150
Denver 1120 $90,150
Aurora 1120 $90,150
Colorado Springs 160 $69,490
Fort Collins 60 $66,580
Grand Junction 60 $72,520
Greeley 50 $70,500
Boulder 40 $73,930
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 380 $79,690
West Hartford 380 $79,690
Hartford 380 $79,690
New Haven 220 $82,130
Stamford 180 $88,020
Norwalk 180 $88,020
Bridgeport 180 $88,020
Waterbury 60 $74,530
Danbury 30 $74,800
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2010 $92,760
Fort Lauderdale 2010 $92,760
Miami 2010 $92,760
Clearwater 990 $68,940
Tampa 990 $68,940
St. Petersburg 990 $68,940
Orlando 520 $57,490
Kissimmee 520 $57,490
Sanford 520 $57,490
Jacksonville 420 $58,310
Tallahassee 360 $57,610
Fort Myers 270 $50,320
Cape Coral 270 $50,320
Winter Haven 180 $49,590
Lakeland 180 $49,590
Titusville 170 $49,240
Palm Bay 170 $49,240
Melbourne 170 $49,240
Pensacola 130 $60,850
Ferry Pass 130 $60,850
Brent 130 $60,850
Deltona 110 $47,510
Daytona Beach 110 $47,510
Ormond Beach 110 $47,510
Gainesville 110 $50,490
Port St. Lucie 100 $71,430
Bradenton 90 $59,700
North Port 90 $59,700
Sarasota 90 $59,700
Ocala 80 $57,670
Panama City 70 $52,820
Crestview 50 $62,540
Fort Walton Beach 50 $62,540
Destin 50 $62,540
Sebring 40 $45,630
The Villages 30 $44,730
Immokalee 30 $46,360
Marco Island 30 $46,360
Naples 30 $46,360
Sebastian 30 $46,990
Vero Beach 30 $46,990
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 1680 $50,400
Roswell 1680 $50,400
Sandy Springs 1680 $50,400
Macon 140 $48,090
Brunswick 140 $126,660
Savannah 110 $63,250
Valdosta 70 $37,550
Athens 60 $40,840
Clarke County 60 $40,840
Albany 60 $41,970
Warner Robins 50 $45,520
Gainesville 50 $46,100
Dalton 40 $41,990
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 360 $101,860
Lahaina 40 $91,920
Wailuku 40 $91,920
Kahului 40 $91,920
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 180 $65,360
Coeur d'Alene 40 $60,480
Idaho Falls 30 $70,810
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 160 $87,490
Rockford 110 $88,800
Peoria 50 $72,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 560 $70,590
Anderson 560 $70,590
Carmel 560 $70,590
Fort Wayne 70 $51,470
Elkhart 70 $54,590
Goshen 70 $54,590
Terre Haute 30 $55,440
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 180 $71,960
Des Moines 180 $71,960
Cedar Rapids 60 $96,530
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 230 $68,960
Topeka 200 $45,920
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 70 $101,340
Lexington 70 $101,340
Fort Knox N/A $50,050
Elizabethtown N/A $50,050
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 660 $74,060
Metairie 660 $74,060
Baton Rouge 410 $49,820
Lafayette 180 $34,360
Lake Charles 160 $45,590
Bossier City 130 $50,240
Shreveport 130 $50,240
Alexandria 110 $47,450
Thibodaux 90 $49,190
Houma 90 $49,190
Hammond 80 $38,140
Monroe 40 $39,260
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 170 $62,260
South Portland 170 $62,260
Bangor 40 $54,010
Auburn 30 $49,300
Lewiston 30 $49,300
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 470 $100,740
Columbia 470 $100,740
Baltimore 470 $100,740
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 40 $74,370
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 930 $87,550
Warren 930 $87,550
Detroit 930 $87,550
Lansing 140 $69,470
East Lansing 140 $69,470
Wyoming 130 $81,220
Grand Rapids 130 $81,220
Flint 70 $79,430
Portage 60 $72,930
Kalamazoo 60 $72,930
Ann Arbor 60 $81,920
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 290 $49,980
Pascagoula 170 $63,250
Gulfport 170 $63,250
Biloxi 170 $63,250
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 230 $41,250
Springfield 90 $63,240
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 60 $78,980
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 70 $58,930
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 350 $81,080
Henderson 350 $81,080
Las Vegas 350 $81,080
Reno 140 $79,620
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 80 $83,460
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 300 $88,980
Atlantic City 120 $85,630
Hammonton 120 $85,630
Vineland 70 $87,420
Bridgeton 70 $87,420
Ocean City 60 $92,750
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Las Cruces 620 $80,480
Albuquerque 240 $87,600
Santa Fe 50 $51,420
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 740 $80,140
Cheektowaga 740 $80,140
Buffalo 740 $80,140
Albany 740 $84,250
Schenectady 740 $84,250
Troy 740 $84,250
Rochester 330 $77,970
Syracuse 220 $84,980
Binghamton 100 $77,170
Rome 90 $82,540
Utica 90 $82,540
Watertown 80 $80,480
Fort Drum 80 $80,480
Glens Falls 60 $59,260
Kingston 60 $74,780
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 460 $57,620
Winston 210 $46,670
Salem 210 $46,670
High Point 170 $55,310
Greensboro 170 $55,310
Fayetteville 140 $47,960
Asheville 130 $49,140
Durham 130 $49,510
Chapel Hill 130 $49,510
Morganton 110 $43,510
Hickory 110 $43,510
Lenoir 110 $43,510
Wilmington 100 $51,070
Jacksonville 100 $63,250
Rocky Mount 60 $47,370
Greenville 60 $50,210
New Bern 40 $42,400
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 60 $72,740
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 560 $61,240
Elyria 510 $68,490
Cleveland 510 $68,490
Akron 150 $58,930
Toledo 130 $60,610
Dayton 110 $77,040
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 450 $66,560
Tulsa 140 $62,730
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 120 $62,410
Redmond 30 $78,950
Bend 30 $78,950
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 550 $75,960
Carlisle 240 $72,120
Harrisburg 240 $72,120
Erie 80 $77,420
Barre 80 $82,390
Hazleton 80 $82,390
Wilkes 80 $82,390
Scranton 80 $82,390
York 70 $76,610
Hanover 70 $76,610
Reading 70 $77,160
Lancaster 40 $72,230
State College 30 $72,460
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 560 $44,190
Carolina 560 $44,190
San Juan 560 $44,190
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 370 $54,170
Anderson 170 $49,360
Mauldin 170 $49,360
Greenville 170 $49,360
Charleston 120 $100,610
North Charleston 120 $100,610
Florence 80 $38,120
Sumter 40 $37,650
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 70 $61,100
Sioux Falls 50 $94,680
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 470 $60,120
Murfreesboro 470 $60,120
Davidson 470 $60,120
Nashville 470 $60,120
Knoxville 170 $57,050
Jackson 50 $49,810
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 1770 $70,450
Fort Worth 1770 $70,450
Arlington 1770 $70,450
El Paso 1730 $80,480
Houston 1720 $74,950
The Woodlands 1720 $74,950
Sugar Land 1720 $74,950
Round Rock 1550 $63,490
Austin 1550 $63,490
San Antonio 1510 $70,460
New Braunfels 1510 $70,460
Mission 1370 $78,120
Edinburg 1370 $78,120
McAllen 1370 $78,120
Laredo 1180 $78,290
Brownsville 780 $80,480
Harlingen 780 $80,480
Corpus Christi 290 $71,950
Lubbock 220 $58,160
Port Arthur 120 $54,270
Beaumont 120 $54,270
Waco 80 $51,190
Tyler 80 $54,540
Amarillo 70 $54,760
Temple 60 $45,640
Killeen 60 $45,640
Longview 60 $46,580
Midland 60 $67,630
San Angelo 60 $82,860
Victoria 50 $48,580
Abilene 40 $44,370
Sherman 40 $59,430
Denison 40 $59,430
College Station 30 $44,930
Bryan 30 $44,930
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 200 $74,020
Clearfield 80 $59,820
Ogden 80 $59,820
Orem 30 $58,280
Provo 30 $58,280
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 100 $80,480
Burlington 100 $80,480
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 480 $69,700
Lynchburg 210 $78,770
Roanoke 190 $82,890
Charlottesville 100 $81,570
Radford 50 N/A
Blacksburg 50 N/A
Christiansburg 50 N/A
Harrisonburg 40 $59,350
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1000 $90,570
Tacoma 1000 $90,570
Seattle 1000 $90,570
Spokane Valley 300 $80,490
Spokane 300 $80,490
Bellingham 290 $86,040
Tumwater 200 $55,800
Olympia 200 $55,800
Yakima 70 $57,240
Kennewick 60 $62,660
Richland 60 $62,660
Wenatchee 30 $53,100
Silverdale 30 $103,260
Bremerton 30 $103,260
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 60 $92,330
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 520 $74,500
Milwaukee 520 $74,500
Waukesha 520 $74,500
Madison 200 $76,360
Eau Claire 50 $60,620
Racine 50 $71,750
Neenah 40 $75,290
Oshkosh 40 $75,290
Appleton 30 $61,130

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Detectives and Criminal Investigators

To find out more about building a career as Criminal Investigators, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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Government 103,680 99% $60,780
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