Private Detectives and Investigators

risk level
Based on 77 votes
by year 2032
or $23.82 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

62% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

User poll

28% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 62% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Private Detectives and Investigators will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Private Detectives and Investigators' job openings is expected to rise 5.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Private Detectives and Investigators' was $49,540, or $23 per hour

'Private Detectives and Investigators' were paid 3.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 34,600 people employed as 'Private Detectives and Investigators' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Private Detectives and Investigators'.

Job description

Gather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

SOC Code: 33-9021.00


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Xander R. (Low) says
I think that a lot of what they do hinges on the ability to understand humans as wells as be mobile, meaning AI would require a lot more flexibility.
Sep 13, 2023 at 05:19 PM
l (Uncertain) says
It will take over surveillance on the streets. Not the person who owns business.
Jan 28, 2021 at 06:52 PM
Eliza (Uncertain) says
I don't know if robots would really take my job
Apr 08, 2019 at 12:48 AM

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