Private Investigator Salary in South Africa (2023)

When presented with the term private investigator services, the first thought that comes to mind is Sherlock Holmes, though of course Mr Holmes is merely a fictional character who unlike you doesn’t need to pay bills (unfornate I know ! ).It is because of this fact, that it is important to know the salary of a particular career, and in knowing this you can answer the question, is it worthwhile?
The following article will discuss the salary of a South African private investigator as well as other components related to the job .

Salary of a Private Investigator


It is not often one hears of jobs, like a private investigator in a country like South Africa, can such a scarcely spoken of job possibly have a worthwhile salary? It seems it can! as the average base salary for a private investigator is a whooping R 75 001 per month.
This amount however may vary according to factors such as position, client base and job assignments and at entry level can start as low as R20 000 per month and go as high R130 002 per month.
The annual salary of a private investigator is R900 012 per year at average, again this may vary according to your position ranking as low as R240 000 per year for less experience workers and as high as 1 560 02 per year for more experience workers ( experience is key) .

Registration Requirements


In order to be a registered PI in South Africa it is vital to be make sure you meet these simple requirements.

  • You must be 18 years old or older
  • You must be a citizen of South Africa
  • You must have a clean criminal record
  • You must complete a South African government approved Pi licensing program , this is called the PsiRA private investigator licensing course . The duration of this course is 5 days and can be applied for through the PSIRA website (www.psira.co.za)
  • You must pay a PI registration fee
  • You must not be a member of any national security or police agency

Having this registration however does not mean that you will be able to work on your own but that you can only work under a fully  licensed PI business . Though all is not lost as this does not mean that you will never  have the freedom to go out on your own as PI business are not always economically able to provide mentors or survivallance teams .

Steps to Becoming a Successful PI

Becoming a successful private investigator requires hard work and dedication. Here are some tips:

  • Get practical training and education
  • Equip yourself with the necessary tools
  • Develop an investigative mindset
  • Learn common misconceptions about the profession
  • Expose yourself to challenges

Here are a few places to look at

  • https://cbmtraining.co.za
  •  https://www.hjntraining.co.za/
  • https://forensic-school.com/
  • https://www.izito.co.za/

Next it is important that you make sure to equip yourself for excursions, this includes technical equipment such as computers, tablets, as well specific gadgets such as binoculars and mini spy cameras. A varst amount of equipment may help you increase the quality of the feedback and proof you give back to clients .

These equipment can be bought at :

  • www.amazon.com
  • www.takealot.com
  • www.digikey.co.za

It is also important to develop an investigative mindset, after all without his unique investigative niche Sherlock Holmes would be just another private investigator.

Learning common misconceptions about professional private investigators would also work in your favour, as well as exposing yourself to challenges that my come.

Highest Paying Cities in South Africa for Investigators

  • Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Cala, Eastern Cape
  • Pretoria, Gauteng
  • Delmas, Mpumalanga

Similar Professions to a Private Investigator

  • Field investigator
  • Fraud investigator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Claims investigator
We have now reached the end of our journey, thank you for sticking around. I hope you have gained answers to all your questions and are satisfied with your salary as a future PI agent. Make sure to follow the registration guidelines as well as steps to be a successful PI and I am sure you will be well on your feet.Also make sure to check out my other articles if you are ever in need of more insite on private investigators .

I am wishing you well!

And if you have enjoyed this post, please make sure to leave a comment , like  and share so we may reach other future South African PIs.

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