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Private Investigators and Detectives

SIC 7381 | NAICS 561611

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

Sample report is available online.

PI Magazine, Inc.
Information resources available from this organization include:

Professional Investigator Magazine
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for private investigators and detectives, with topics covered in various issues including agency business operations (e.g., sales, marketing, payroll, taxes, employment issues), investigation specialties, unique investigations, training and education, and legal and regulatory issues. Sample issue can be viewed online with registration.

PI FAQs & Stats / PI Licensing Laws / license-requirements
"Frequently Asked Questions" and "Licensing Laws" sections provide a summary overview of the private investigator profession, with topics covered including number of private investigators in the U.S., education and training requirements, licensing requirements by state, types of cases handled, and skills and traits of a successful private investigator. All information can be viewed free online.

Surveillance, Investigation, and Security Consulting

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:

Sample report is available online.

Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business

How-to guide covers the various aspects of operating a successful private investigation agency, with topics covered in the guide including setting up the business, finding clients and getting paid, how to investigate different types of cases, working with law firms and enforcement agencies, and legal and ethical issues. Detailed table of contents can be viewed online via Amazon's "Look Inside" feature.

Freedonia Group
Private Security Services

Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of the private security services sector, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by type (e.g., private investigation, guarding, alarm monitoring, armored transport, and security systems), market sector (e.g., commercial, government, institutional, industrial, and residential), and region. Detailed table of contents is available free online.

GIA Research
Forensic Technologies and Services

Comprehensive market research report provides a detailed analysis of the forensic technologies and services market, with topics covered in the report including industry and technology overview, market analysis and trends, and historical and forecast annual revenues by market segment (e.g., computer forensics and forensic consulting, forensic databases, DNA testing, and biometrics/fingerprinting).

Infiniti Research Limited
Forensic Products and Services Market

Market research study provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. forensic products and services market, with market segments analyzed including DNA testing, fingerprinting/biometrics, analytical forensics, computer forensics, and forensic databases, and key vendors profiled including Aligent Technologies, NMS Labs, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Ultra Electronics. Table of contents is available free online.

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Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Private Investigators and Detective Agencies  Search for "561611"

Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed financial benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

Sample reports are available online.

Surveillance, Investigation, and Security Consulting

Financial information section provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size for firms that provide services such as general surveillance, conducting background checks, locating missing persons, skip tracing, process serving, and investigating divorce, personal injury, workers' compensation, and insurance fraud cases. Sample report is available free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Private Detectives and Investigators

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for investigative professionals employed in this occupational category that provide services such as running background checks, performing in-person or electronic surveillance, locating witnesses or other persons, serving legal documents, and conducting various types of civil and criminal investigations. All information is available free online.

American Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Salary Center / Salary Calculator / salary-calculator

Salary calculator provides users with total compensation data for private investigators, fraud examiners, fraud investigators, and forensic accountants based on primary industry of focus, level of responsibility,
primary job function, and professional certification. Full salary survey report which includes additional breakdowns by age, gender, education, certification, and years of experience is available free online.

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Business Valuation Resources

Private Company Sales Transactions
Pratt's Stats® | BIZCOMPS®
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company transactions by SIC or NAICS code for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.

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