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Private Investigators and Detectives

SIC 7381  |  NAICS 561611

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

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Private Detective Services  (view report)
Digital Forensic Services  (view report)
Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:

PI Magazine, Inc.
Professional Investigator Magazine
http://www.pimagazine.com/

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.


Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business
https://www.amazon.com/

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
https://www.freedoniagroup.com/

Comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of the private security services sector, with data provided including historical demand and forecasts by type (e.g., private investigator, 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
https://www.strategyr.com/

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).


Technavio
Forensic Products and Services Market
https://www.technavio.com/

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 companies profiled including Aligent Technologies, NMS Labs, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Ultra Electronics. Table of contents is available free online.


BizMiner
Market Analysis Report
https://www.bizminer.com

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.


Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner
Industry Financial Ratios
Private Investigators and Detective Agencies
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "561611"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

IBISWorld
Private Detective Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.


Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Private Detectives and Investigators
https://www.bls.gov/oes/

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for investigative professionals employed in this occupational category that provide services such as conducting background checks, performing physical 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
http://www.acfe.com/compguide / 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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BVMarketData
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Private company sales transaction data for over 800 industries.



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