Cybercrime investigators play an exciting and valuable role in solving crimes perpetrated online.
If it involves fraud, identity theft, money laundering or cyber-harassment, there’s a team of cybercrime investigators working behind the scenes to recover evidence and bring it to court. These versatile individuals have a highly technical skill set in digital forensics in addition to a strong knowledge of traditional investigation techniques and legal issues.
Cybercrime investigators can have a variety of job titles: digital forensics analyst, incident responder and computer forensics technician are just a few. Professionals in these roles often have a bachelor’s degree, although it may be possible to get started with the right combination of certifications and work experience — especially in the law enforcement arena.
Job titles differ based on a few key factors like day-to-day responsibilities, area of specialization and seniority. As you might have already guessed, that also impacts how much you can expect to make at each role.
In this article, we’ll do a deep dive into salary data for each of the job titles mentioned above. Having a clear understanding of salary expectations is especially helpful if you’re contemplating a career in cybercrime investigation or considering a promotion.
What factors determine cybercrime investigator salary?
According to ZipRecruiter, cybercrime investigators in the U.S. make an average of $99,958 per year. However, many factors come into play when determining your compensation. The major ones include:
- Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
- Professional experience
- Specific job title/level of seniority
Degrees and certifications represent the mastery of skills related to cybercrime investigation and digital forensics. Having a degree and relevant certifications will grant you access to higher income thresholds. Likewise, you’ll earn more money as you gain more years of experience in the field.
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