There are many different fields an Alberta Private Investigator can work in, all with different salaries. Most Alberta PIs 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 in Alberta? A Private Investigator salary in Alberta for a new PI is typically $50,000 CAD per year. This can go up to $100,000 for an experienced Alberta 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.
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Alberta PI Hourly Rate
An hourly rate for a rookie Alberta Private Investigator is usually around $20 per hour. This would equal a salary of approximately $40,000 CAD 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 Alberta Private Investigators as well.
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Being a new Alberta PI 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 Alberta 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 Alberta PIs obtain positive results gaining them more revenue in a much shorter time.
Private Investigator Salary Alberta Summary
New Alberta PI $50,000 per year
Experienced Alberta PI $100,000 per year
Self-employed Alberta PI $250,000 per year
Alberta PI Agency $1,000,000+
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Alberta 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 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 investigative & security training programs in various capacities. Peter has helped many in Alberta on their journey to becoming Private Investigators