Besides being employed by local and state agencies, detectives can also pursue federal job opportunities. These federal opportunities not only provide for a slightly higher salary, but in addition demand additional training, experience and schooling normally. Back in 2008 the average annual detective salary was roughly $61,000 in accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While supervisors received a median salary of roughly $75,000 annually. In addition to their regular pay it is typical for a police detective to accumulate a considerable amount of overtime salary. These types of careers also include benefits such as medical, vision, dental care, sick pay, life insurance, and holiday time. In the majority of instances police detectives can retire after 20 to 30 years of work and may receive 50 percent of their earnings yearly after their retirement. After much drama comes the startling revelation of the culprit, who seemed to be the most innocent of the lot. Here one can also disclose the relation between the culprit and the accused if any. Now comes the time when the detective gives a detailed summary of the motive behind the crime and how it was committed. The story ends with the investigator as the hero who nabs the criminal and tries to save the society from harm. When you think "private detective" you probably picture some shadowy figure like Sam Spade with a cigarette dangling in one hand and a gun concealed in the other. The fictional Sam Spade carried his gun illegally, didn't call the police to report dead bodies if it inconvenienced him to do so, and often lost his paying clients to a bullet. Still his life was a mixture of danger and glam with a new dame around every corner and every case and his existence held an allure that living in the suburbs, and working a nine to five office job, simply could not compare to.