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Private Investigators and Detectives

SIC 7381 | NAICS 561611

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Private Detective Services  (view report)

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 including agency business operations, investigation specialties, training and education, legislative and legal issues, and more. Sample digital issue of the magazine can be viewed free online with registration.

PI FAQs & Stats / PI Licensing Laws / license-requirements
"Frequently Asked Questions" and "Licensing Laws" sections provide an overview of the private investigator profession, with topics covered including number of private investigators in the U.S., licensing requirements by state, types of cases handled, education and training, and more. All information is available 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.

Freedonia Group
Private Security Services
Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of this service sector, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by service (e.g., private investigation, guarding, alarm monitoring, armored transportation, security systems), market (e.g., commercial, industrial, institutional, government, residential), and geographic region. Summary description of study and detailed table of contents are available free online.

Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business
Business startup guide takes users through the various aspects of starting and operating a successful private investigation agency, with topics covered including setting up the business, finding clients and getting paid, how to investigate different cases, working with law firms and enforcement agencies, ethical and legal issues, and more. Table of contents and searchable text are available online via's "Look Inside" feature.

FabJob Guides
Become A Private Investigator
Startup guide provides an overview of the profession and takes users through the various aspects of starting an agency and running it successfully, with topics covered in the guide including skills required, training and experience, types of investigations, setting up an agency, day-to-day business operations, and marketing the business. Detailed table of contents and introductory chapter can be downloaded and viewed free online.

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Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Private Investigator 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 benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level.

Sample reports are available online.

Surveillance, Investigation, and Security Consulting
Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information resources available from this organization include:

Occupational Employment and Wages - Investigation and Security Services
Annual occupational employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this service sector (e.g., private detectives and investigators, fire inspectors and investigators) on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, upper and lower quartiles, and upper and lower deciles. All information is available free online.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Private Detectives and Investigators
Information provided for jobs in this occupational category (which includes loss prevention agents and legal, insurance, corporate, financial, and computer forensic investigators) includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for more information. All information 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 sales transactions by business description for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.

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