How Much Do Private Investigators Charge in Florida?

How Much Do Private Investigators Charge in Florida?

POSTED July 30, 2023
BY Matt Aubin

Matt is both the company founder and a nationally renowned private investigator. Matt is an intelligence specialist who excels in detecting and preventing the illegal interception of communications and in providing high-tech covert surveillance. Matt has years of hands on experience in the investigation industry and has developed a reputation for incorporating state of the art technology and innovative ideas to provide effective solutions for his clients. Matt also serves as Treasurer for the Executive Board of Directors of FALI, The Florida Association of Licensed

Whether you have a spouse you suspect is cheating, an employee that is committing Worker’s Comp fraud, or you simply need a background check, you’ll want to hire a professional. Trying to gather information yourself can be daunting, difficult, and can get you into legal trouble. If you need help with child custody cases, alimony reduction, surveillance, or any other issue that requires investigation, you’ll want to hire a professional private investigator. The best agency in Florida for private investigation is Southern Recon Agency.
Southern Recon Agency is discreet, thorough, and effective. We gather the evidence needed to prove or disprove a variety of different claims. This can change the outcome of a case or simply prove a suspicion. For more information, contact Southern Recon Agency today.

What is a Private Investigator?

A private investigator (also referred to as a “private eye”) is a professional investigator that is hired by a client to solve a problem their client is having by gathering evidence. While private investigators aren’t police, they do need to be licensed. They use legal techniques and gather information using resources and skills most people don’t have.
If you are having a difficult time gathering information for a case or simply for your own private affairs, you should consider hiring a professional private investigator.

What Do They Do?

Private investigators provide a variety of different services and perform various types of investigations. This includes everything from researching for custody and alimony battles to discovering infidelity and everything in-between. Private investigators gather evidence not only by taking photos but also through other methods. They have access to industry resources, specialized software, security clearance, and other tools. They also have high-level skills. Often, private investigators come from a government or police detective background.
What private investigators don’t do is get involved with cases in which law enforcement is involved. Instead, they stick to cases that involve civil law.

What is the Cost of a Private Investigator in FL?

How much a private investigator costs in Florida depends on various factors. While your private investigator may charge an hourly rate, they also may not. For basic services, you should expect to pay around $75-$125 an hour. If specialized services are needed, it may be $150-$350 an hour. These services include forensics, cyber investigations, and other services.
For more information about your investigation and expected costs, reach out to Southern Recon Agency. We’ll provide you with a more comprehensive estimate and more information about what to expect with your investigation.

How Do I Hire a Private Investigator?

Hiring a private investigator may seem daunting and even intimidating. Many people have an image in their heads of a moody, secretive detective. In reality, private investigators are simply professionals providing services. The private investigators at Southern Recon Agency are easy to work with and are very professional in their approach.

When considering a private investigator, you may consider an online search of investigators in your local area. From there, you can check reviews if they are available. While reviews aren’t always accurate, they can provide you with a rough idea of what to expect.
One important factor to consider is whether or not the private investigator is licensed. Professional, legitimate investigators are able to provide you with a license. If you need more advanced services, make sure you ask about the resources the investigator has access to and what their expertise is. Not all investigators specialize in every field. Some investigators offer more general services, while others specialize in a specific area.
You can also skip all of the hassles of searching for a private investigator and give us a call. We’d be happy to discuss your needs and help you with your investigation!

Private Investigator Services

There are a variety of different services that fall under the umbrella of “private investigator.” Below are some of the services provided by Southern Recon Agency:

Alimony Reduction

While it’s important to pay alimony and pay it on time, your alimony payments likely aren’t meant to last forever. Eventually, your spouse may be in a position in which they no longer are eligible for alimony. This may include your ex getting remarried or moving in with someone that is supporting them financially. If you suspect this is the case and you believe they are trying to hide this from you, you can hire a professional private investigator. They will gather evidence that shows that your ex is taking advantage and you may be able to get the alimony terminated.


There are a few different reasons why you may require surveillance services. These include things like elderly abuse, fraud, a cheating spouse, and more. These things can be difficult to prove, and they shouldn’t be addressed without strong proof. A private investigator will be able to provide surveillance services and gather evidence like photo and video evidence, along with other forms of evidence. This helps to strengthen your case—which may be especially important when it comes to legal matters.

Missing Persons Investigation

Having a loved one go missing is one of the most heart-wrenching experiences a person can go through. This is particularly so for a missing or runaway child. There are also cases where a person goes missing because they are trying to avoid child support or avoid legal consequences. Whatever the case may be, a private investigator can help in the search for the missing person. This includes a mixture of “boots on the ground” searching, along with looking through nationwide databases and using state-of-the-art technology to find the missing person.
While there is no guarantee a missing person will be found, the chances increase significantly with the help of a private investigator.

Contact Southern Recon Agency Today!

If you require professional private investigation services, reach out to Southern Recon Agency today. We’d be happy to help you with your case!


Mark A., Tampa, FL | Attorney, 16 years

I have worked with Southern Recon on several investigations. He is an excellent investigator who always gets the job done no matter how complex or dangerous the situation. His fees are very reasonable and he usually puts in more hours than he gets paid for in order to make sure he does a professional job. I highly recommend Southern Recon Agency.

Tina G., Ontario, Canada

Matt provided me with superior service. He handled my investigation in a very professional manner and was always available for me 24/7. He helped solve my case and provided me with accurate evidence proving the suspicion of my husband’s infidelity. I highly recommend his services. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for his services!

Chris G., Tampa, Fl

I requested a background investigation on person that I was looking to conduct business with. I corresponded with the professionals at the Agency over email and the telephone. At no time, was I confused or concern about the process of this investigation. The process was thoroughly explained. Matt Aubin potentially saved me thousands of dollars by giving me an accurate understanding of who I was looking to do business with. Needless to say, I will not be conducting any business with this individual. I am extremely grateful for the work performed by Matt and the agency. It was worth every penny. The level of service provided exceeded my expectations.

Donnie C., Orlando, Fl

These folks are professional and will get results for you quickly. They are not the run of the mill grinding hours for billing people that often fill this profession. Thanks!