Most questions that a potential clients want to know before hiring a Private investigator is how much does a private investigator cost? The rate of a private investigator charges for services varies on many different variables. One variable is location. The fee will vary depending on if they have to travel and what information you want to know. Yahoo Voices shows us on How Much it will cost you to hire a private investigator.


Making the decision to hire a private investigator shouldn’t be taken lightly. Much like a doctor or lawyer, private investigators do require licensing in most states and their services aren’t cheap. Hopefully you won’t need a private investigator for long and they are worth their salt. Check with your state’s licensing requirements to find a good investigator first and then contact them about services.

Word of mouth is sometimes a more effective means of determining whether someone did a good job. Ask around to see if anyone knows a good private investigator. Checking the internet for online reviews may also be a way to find out about someone who think about hiring for your investigating needs.

Get What You Pay For

As with anything in life a good rule to follow is that you get what you pay for. If you want your private investigator to do a minimal amount of work then you will probably pay less money. If you need more thorough work done then you’ll need to pay more.

That being said, make sure your private investigator keeps a log of his or her activities while he or she works on your case. Remember, the investigator works for you and you deserve to see the progress made on any work. Ask for itemized lists of the work that has been done on your dime from the get go. If your private investigator is reticent about showing you such documentation then you might consider hiring someone else. Just because they are investigators doesn’t mean they should keep you in the dark about their work. Again, a private investigator works for you not against you.

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18 Responses to How much does it cost to hire a Private Investigator or Detective?

  1. Pamela says:

    I never thought of hiring a Private Investigator. Maybe no need for it yet but this is a good post, educating people how to hire one. 🙂

  2. I’m happy to say, I don’t need a PI right now, but you never know.

  3. veronica says:

    the mid range of the rate scale for the PI is about what I would expect to pay. I think it is an important service in certain situations where police investigators aren’t doing enough to help

  4. I have never had to hire a private detective, thank goodness…but if I did, you provide some great tips. I think the notion of them keeping a log would be important so they wouldn’t bill you for their personal time.

  5. Donna says:

    Very interesting! I didnt know PI’s had to be licenced, that’s great. I think I would rather pay more if they were ‘certified’ than pay less for someone who may just turn out to be a bit ‘dodgy’! You offer great advice, re: asking around, reading reviews etc. I hope I never have to find out myself!

  6. rochefel says:

    Never needed the services of a PI, only watched it on TV but it always intrigued me. Thanks for educating us how to deal with them in case we need one. 🙂

  7. Sophie Bowns says:

    To tell you the truth, I’ve never considered it.

  8. Kungphoo says:

    I guess with this, just like anything else, you get what you pay for. If you want someone with a lot of experience and someone that does a very good job then it’s important to go ahead and spend a little more money. Great information!

  9. Bill says:

    I don’t need a PI. But, I guess it would be like anything else, you get what you pay. Great information.

  10. Salma says:

    I haven’t had a need to hire a private investigator yet, but you never know. Good info.

  11. Marjory Johnson says:

    I would imagine like you said,..”you get what you pay for”. Expertise in this field is critical.

  12. Ashley says:

    I was not aware that private investigators required licensing. Thank you for the information.

  13. Traci Henegar says:

    I think this would be great to check up on your teenagers if you suspect anything!

  14. Jim Striegel says:

    I never thought about needing a PI, but you never know! Good info.

  15. Stephanie Clopton says:

    I think this is valuable information because I would want to make sure they are experienced and wouldn’t want to waste time or money.

  16. Dov Shapira says:

    $50 an hour sounds good to me, $300 an hour is way too much for PI

  17. snort this says:

    I am forever thought about this, thanks for putting up.

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