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Private Investigators and Detectives

SIC 7381 | NAICS 561611


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  • Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
  • Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
  • Compensation and Salary Surveys
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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

IBISWorld
IBISWorld
Private Detective Services  (view report)
Digital Forensic 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

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.


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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:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

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.


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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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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data
https://www.bvresources.com/

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.


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