The Average Salary of a Homicide Detective in California

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California ranks third highest for pay for homicide detectives compared to other states and regions across the country. Homicide detectives working in California's large cities, such as Los Angeles and San Diego, make better than average wages compared to detectives who work elsewhere in the country.

Average Salary

The average salary for a homicide detective in California is $71,490, according to The job listing website says the average salary range for homicide detectives in California is $58,755 to $98,092.

California Regional Differences

Compensation for detectives varies across California. Homicide detectives in Los Angeles make a median salary of $85,575 per year, with an average range of $70,331 to $117,418. Similarly, those working in San Francisco average $78,820 per year with an average range of $64,779 to $108,151, according to Homicide detectives in San Diego have a median salary of $59,144, with an average range of $48,608 to $81,151. Homicide detectives in Sacramento, the capitol of California, have a median salary that also falls below the state average at just $62,998, with an average range of $51,775 to $86,440, according to

National Average

In the U.S., homicide detectives bring in an average of $58,751 per year, says The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places the average slightly higher at $62,110. Nationally, California ranks third for detective pay, according to the bureau. Only the District of Columbia ($94,620) and New Jersey ($85,930) have a higher pay average.

Employment Outlook

Job growth is expected to be 10 percent through the year 2018, according to the BLS. Population increase is the driving force creating jobs at all levels of law enforcement.