There are many different fields a Canadian Private Investigator can work in, all with different salaries. Most Canadian Investigators work as employees of agencies, but Investigators can even work for themselves.
For simplicity’s sake, we will discuss the most common field a PI would work in: surveillance. So how much does a Private Investigator make? A Private Investigator salary in Canada for a new PI is typically $50,000 per year. This can go up to $100,000 for an experienced Canadian Private Investigator who is known for accomplishing objectives on a constant basis. However, a salary is not commonly used for surveillance operatives, an hourly rate is.
Canadian Private Investigator Hourly Rate
An hourly rate for a rookie Canadian Private Investigator is usually around $20 per hour. This would equal a salary of approximately $40,000 per year; however, PIs get paid travel time, mileage, and report writing time. This supplementary payment can increase the $40k salary to more around $50k. This supplementary payment holds true for experienced Canadian Private Investigators as well.
Being a new Private Investigator does not necessarily mean that you need a lot of experience to obtain $100,000 per year, you just need to obtain constant positive results. This will show Canadian employers that you are valuable, even without a lot of experience. This is where Private Investigator education and training courses come in to play. PI education will help new Canadian PIs obtain positive results gaining them more revenue in a much shorter time.
Private Investigator Salary Canada Summary
New PI $50,000 per year
Experienced PI $100,000 per year
Self-employed PI $250,000 per year
PI Agency $1,000,000+
Canadian Private Investigators can eventually earn a seven-figure income after they start working for themselves. This is done when a Private Investigator manages multiple investigations, each being worked by other PIs/ employees. However, a Private Investigator can still earn high revenue without employees. If a PI works their own files, they can make around $250,000 per year. So anyway you look at it, this career is very lucrative.
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About the Author
Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years as a Canadian Professional Private Investigator. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting investigations and security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous Canadian investigative & security training programs in various capacities.