How much does a Private Investigator cost
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By A Wizard Investigations
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How much does a Private Investigator cost


An average surveillance cost starts out normally with an  8 hour day prices range between $75.00 Dollars to $100.00 per hour, some cases will need one day of surveillance and some will require a week or more  depending on the circumstances and the clients needs.


 Keep in mind that there may be additional fees attached to the hourly rate. A common addition is mileage expenses, usually around $0.50 per mile.

That hourly rate may increase significantly if another private investigator's is  needed in order to complete your case. For example, if your private investigator needs the assistance of an associate in efforts to discreetly conduct mobile surveillance, the hourly rate may be higher.


Does the private investigator require a deposit or retainer in addition to the private investigator fees?

Many private investigators require a retainer or deposit to be applied against fees for services rendered and expenses. Some private investigators may set retainer fees depending on specific services. For example, data research may require a deposit of $500 while an infidelity case may require a deposit of up to $5,000. Criminal defense work may require a  higher retainer  $5,000 to 10,000 dollars. The following factors help to determine the deposit amount:

  • travel involved
  • airline/hotel costs
  • estimated number of surveillance days involved
  • location
  • urgency