What does a Senior Investigator do?

Investigators work with law enforcement agencies, individuals, and businesses to investigate and solve crimes to secure a successful conviction. They conduct detailed investigations of complex criminal activities and other violations of local, federal, or state law and collect, analyze, and preserve evidence. They direct crime scene investigators and other law enforcement members while at crime scenes and utilize deductive reasoning and analysis to make informed decisions and conclusions that lead to prosecution.

Investigators write detailed case reports, file and maintain records, coordinate search and arrest warrants, arresting suspects as needed. They operate firearms and electronic surveillance equipment and testify in court regarding case evidence and findings to secure a conviction. Investigators undergo continuous training and development as required and must maintain strict confidentiality. Investigators need a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or related fields and equivalent training at a federal law enforcement college.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

Senior Investigator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,510 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $86K
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Senior Investigator Career Path

Learn how to become a Senior Investigator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Senior Investigator Insights

Read what Senior Investigator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Covid-19 Case Investigator
Aug 23, 2021

“I love the fact that the process was quick and I was able to start right away.”

Paladin Risk Solutions
Apr 16, 2020

“About the only con I can think of is that there is alot of work and everyone is pretty busy.”

Hollywood CasinoHollywood Casino
Surveillance Agent
Sep 25, 2021

“If you work on the casino floor it is a good way to get to know your guests”

Pinnacle InvestigationsPinnacle Investigations
Background Investigator
Sep 13, 2020

“The remote online training (due to COVID) was the best job training that I have received.”

Pinnacle InvestigationsPinnacle Investigations
Investigations Specialist
Jun 8, 2021

“There is no incentive to make a career out of this job because there are no opportunities to do so.”

CACI InternationalCACI International
Background Investigator
Oct 8, 2019

“The pay is really good especially that you can work how ever much overtime you want to.”

Jan 24, 2020

“Good luck being burnt out by month 5 and having no way out unless you want to pay back >$7k.”

U.S. BankU.S. Bank
AML Investigator
Dec 8, 2020

“Everyone is nice and helpful and the job itself is interesting”

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