7. Detectives and criminal investigators
Unemployment rate, 2014: 0.8% Median annual pay, 2012: $74,300 Employment change, 2012-2022: 2.0%
The majority of detectives and criminal investigators are employed by local governments or the federal executive branch. The median income of detectives and investigators was $74,300 in 2012, among the higher figures reviewed. If a detective or investigator was employed by the federal government, he or she could likely make far more, with such employees frequently earning more than $100,000 annually as of 2012. While high levels of education are often a requirement for professions with the lowest unemployment rates, detectives and investigators are typically only required to have a high school diploma in addition to law enforcement experience.