Please call for an exact quote on your specific case. Our Retainer fees depend on the complexity of your case and hours needed.

How Much Does a Private Investigator Cost?

Q: How much does a Private Investigator charge?

A: The cost of a private investigator depends on the service needed and the investigator.  Prices for private investigators are usually measure by the hour.  FREE QUOTE FORM  Most other Private Investigators charge anywhere from $75 to $300 an hour- However, our fees are lower, the retainer will depend on complexity of your case. It is crucial to make sure you hire a qualified and experienced private investigator not the cheapest.  We are reasonably priced for our high level of experience and the quality of service that you will receive, please call for your tailored quote.

Hourly Fees

Hiring a private investigator is like hiring any other professional service contractor like attorneys and any other specialty professional and some of the rates are charged based upon their experience and skill level. Yet, our rates are very reasonable even though we have dedicated years in education and training, as well as in experience and licensing. yet, our hourly rates are still lower than most- because, helping you is our main goal. Our PI's get paid from an agreed-upon hourly rate for the hours worked and within your budget, The work performed is always put in in hours not the outcome.


Some fees like a simple background check or easily performed action that takes less hours can be lower and can be negotiated, please call for that fee..


Contingency Fees

We have been approached with this question before and some other companies in other fields can work on a contingency basis but we cannot do so, not in the State of Colorado

Even if you find a better “deal” at another agency doesn't mean you will get the best, most thorough results and may even be throwing your money away. What are real, honest and hard working, how much is the cost of good results worth to you?

We will bill  an hourly fee and any out of pocket expenses (hotels, airfare at cost), search fees, etc. There are never any hidden or surprise fees that you may find with other companies., evrything is laid out in the contract. We always bill from a retainer (money provided up front) and we will never exceed that retainer amount without your approval first, so there will never be any surprises or hidden charges in the end.

Other Private Investigator Costs-


Standard  Other PIs Hourly Rate can be as much as: $75-$300/hr. Plus Expenses with a Retainer of $500-$10,000+...NOT US


  Typical costs:

  • Other Private investigators typically charge an hourly rate plus expenses. Depending on the type of work done, the location and whether the case requires one investigator, two or more, the hourly rate can vary $75-$300 an hour but typically averages about $60-$100 an hour. Often an investigator charges for a minimum number of hours of work, typically 2-8 depending on the type of services needed. Most investigators charge for the time spent talking with the client (a brief initial consultation are FREE at our agency) or typing up a formal report, and the hourly rate can be higher for out-of-town, evening or weekend work.

  • Expenses can include an administrative or set-up fee of $50-$150 per case; $0.20-$0.75 per mile driven; hotel or other travel costs; fees for taking photographs or video ($5-$10 per photo or a flat rate of $30-$50-Our photos are FREE, Audio recordings are $65/hr.); and any charges like government record/filing fees or lab tests.

  • Like lawyers, most private investigators require a deposit known as a retainer before they start working on a case. The retainer is based on an estimate of the number of hours of work that will be required; it might be $500-$2,000 for a simple project or $3,000-$10,000 or more for a complicated and time-consuming situation. As the work is done, the billable amount is deducted from the retainer. If the job takes more hours than expected, the private investigator will ask for authorization to keep working and require additional payment. If the case takes less time than predicted, the remaining amount of the retainer might be refundable, although it can be subject to the minimum charge. For example, Morris Investigations[1] in Texas charges $75 an hour and $0.60 per mile for a single investigator and vehicle; $60 a day for the use of a GPS tracker with a three day minimum; and $6 each for 5"x7" digital photographs or a flat $30 video fee (Our Fees are FREE), with a minimum $3,000 refundable retainer for a domestic surveillance case.(Our Fees are less, please contact for more Info on your specific case).

  • Results cannot be guaranteed and total costs vary depending on the number of hours needed to find the desired information. A straightforward domestic infidelity case that is easily resolved might cost $500-$1,500, but could be $2,000-$10,000 or more; a criminal defense investigation that takes 25 to 50 hours might cost $1,000-$6,000 or more; and a complicated search for a birth parent or an adoptive child might be $5,000-$10,000. For example, Versatek Security[2] in Virginia estimates the majority of domestic cases cost $1,000-$2,000.(Again our FEES are much less)

  • A private investigator may charge a flat fee for specific projects like background checks or research. A standardized records search might cost $20-$250 or more, depending on what is included; and monitoring a GPS tracking device could cost $55-$75 a day (with a 3-7 day minimum). For example, RB Investigations[3] in Arizona charges $25 to verify a social security number, $75 to check a motor vehicle or driving record, and offers pre-employment and background search packages for $85-$185, with a minimum "no hit" fee of $25 even if a records search finds nothing. ( Our Fees are Less-Please Call for more information on your specific case).

What should be included:

  • Give the investigator accurate and thorough information about the situation. The investigator will typically ask multiple questions about the circumstances and goals of the investigation, then suggest the best way to proceed with the case. The exact steps needed will depend on the situation, and a successful surveillance operation may require more than one investigator. Advanced Surveillance Group in Michigan describes the work done by private investigators in infidelity case examples[4] .

  • Private investigators are not law enforcement officials and must follow all local, state and federal laws.



One of the first questions potential clients want to know  is: How much does a private investigator cost?

Private Investigators work on Hourly Fees which are usually deducted from a retainer that is determined upon initial contact and is based on the complexity of your case.

Hiring a private investigator is much like hiring a professional service provider like a lawyer, accountant or a marketing consultant. Hourly rates are the most common fee arrangement. A professional service provider gets paid an agreed-upon hourly rate for the hours worked and within an agreed upon budget.

You are hiring somebody who has spent years acquiring the education, licensing and knowledge so you don’t have to. Hourly rates are the most common fee arrangement. A private investigator gets paid an agreed-upon hourly rate for the hours worked and within an agreed upon budget. These agreements specify a scope of work and expected (but not guaranteed) results. 

Note: Investigators Do NOT work on Contingency Fees.

It is always good to know that like most things, you will find a wide cost range with investigators based on location, specialty or the complexity. However, beware of comparing one provider with another on the basis of fees alone. The lowest hourly fees may not indicate the best value; an inexperienced professional may take twice as long to complete a project as an experienced one will and you may not get the results you are looking for.   A thorough, comprehensive, realistic, ethical investigation is what you should be looking for; not a cheap, partial or illegal one.

Our billing is simple, fair, and competitive. We bill an hourly fee, out of pocket expenses (hotels, airfare at cost), search fees, etc. There are never any hidden or surprise fees that you may find with other companies.  We will never exceed that retainer amount without your approval first, so there will never be any surprises or hidden charges in the end and we will perform our investigations in the most cost-effective way for our clients. While utilizing our experience and knowledge of private investigations, we can usually bring our cases to a close much faster than our competition, saving you money in the long run. 

Background Investigation / Due Diligence Background Check

Most other investigations from other Investigators start at $1000. Most background checks merely scratch the surface of a person’s character profile history. We dig deep to find historical issues, identify and review court cases, scour news archives, public records and archives. We find unreported bankruptcies, discrepancies, secret companies, tax disputes, financial means, legal disputes, criminal indictments or charges of harassment or drunken driving. Not everyone has a history that they are trying to hide, but if they do, we will find it.

Asset Investigation

Most other asset investigations from other Investigators may start at $1500. Our asset investigations are designed to dig beyond the obvious. You might find private art collections buried in public filings, shell companies, real property hidden in family names or large inheritances in probate filings. We use a variety of methods and sources that legally uncover asset information through open sources and other non-traditional methods. If you are thinking, “why don’t you just get the bank records”, you might want to read Can a Private Investigator Get Bank Records or Account Information?

Finding a Person

If you need help finding a person, our packages start at at a very reasonable competitive fee. We are assuming that you have already spent spent countless hours scouring the Web, spent some money using one of the many online databases, or have searched Facebook until you turned blue in the face. It’s not always easy finding a person. If it was a matter of Googling the person’s name, you probably wouldn’t be contacting a professional. Keep in mind that every situation is unique, but in general, this is how we approach it.

Customized Investigation. Most inquiries are not always simple or well defined.  People don’t come to us for off-the shelf ideas. We help you find creative and ethical solutions to your specific problems. If we can’t help you, we’ll tell you or help you find someone who is better suited.  We are not in the business of making promises we can’t live up to.

What is Your Budget?

One of the first questions we are going to ask you is “what is your budget.” It tends to make people nervous, but it’s really meant to get a sense of what type of solutions that are within your range. If you have a complex matter or you are trying to find someone you haven’t seen in 42 years and only have a budget for a few hundred dollars, that’s okay. But it’s better to be up front and honest with you that you are probably not going to get where you need to be. That doesn’t help either of us. So, do you want to speak to someone? If so, Please fill out our Contact Form and we will get back to you, or feel free to call us at (303)522-4898.


CIA Colorado Investigative Agency/Angel "P" Eyes- Established 2008    Wix2017

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