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How much does it cost on average to hire Private Investigators?

Average Price
£70 per hour

How much will I pay for the services of a Private Investigator?

Have you ever needed to dig for information without raising suspicions? That’s where a private investigator comes in. Read on to find out more about private investigators and how much they cost.

What does a Private Investigator do? 

A private investigator is a professional hired to research, gather, and analyse information for a particular case. The information gathered will be used for court cases and private clients.

Private investigators offer a range of services, including:

  • Surveillance and counter-surveillance

  • Taking pictures and gathering evidence 

  • Interviewing witnesses and carrying out research

  • Conducting background checks and running credit reports

  • Process serving

  • Performing due diligence and debt recovery

How much does a Private Investigation service cost on average?

The average cost of a private investigation service in the UK is given below, although this could vary depending on a number of factors, including the professional's experience and the complexity of the case.

Average cost of a Private Investigator
Average price (per hour)£70
Maximum price (per hour) £120
Minimum price (per hour)£45

What determines the cost of a Private Investigation Service?

The cost of private investigation depends on a few factors including:

  • Investigator’s level of expertise

  • The kind of service needed

  • Additional expenses

  • Location

Investigator’s level of expertise

It should come as no surprise that hiring the services of a highly experienced private investigator will always cost more than hiring the services of a rookie in the field. Also, private investigators who have a background in law enforcement tend to charge higher than those who do not have this advantage. 

The kind of service needed

The amount that you pay will also depend on the nature of the service that’s required. For example, complex cases, such as acquiring evidence to use against someone in court, will cost far more than hiring a private investigator to help you reestablish contact with a lost friend. 

Additional expenses

Your private investigator may charge for additional expenses, like travel costs if a large amount of travelling is involved. 


Like most services, private investigator fees are likely to be greater in large cities such as London where the cost of living is higher. So remember to bear this in mind if you live in the big smoke!

Is hiring a Private Investigator worth the cost? 

Whatever the situation, if you’re struggling to obtain the information you need then a private investigator can be an incredibly valuable resource. By discretely gathering crucial information and evidence, they can help you to solve a range of sensitive or complex problems. 

While it comes at a price, the service of a private investigator is worth its weight in gold when it comes to getting to the bottom of whatever it is that you need to uncover. 

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