How Much Do Private Investigators Cost?

How Much Do Private Investigators Cost?

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

If you believe your spouse is cheating, your ex is committing alimony fraud, your employee is defrauding Workers Comp, or you simply need a background check done on a new employee, it’s best to hire an expert in the field. Trying to gather evidence and information on your own can be very hard and can even get you in legal trouble. If you need help with alimony reduction, surveillance, a child custody case, finding a missing person, or anything else that requires an investigation, you’ll want to hire an expert private investigator. For the perfect P.I. for your case, contact Southern Recon Agency.
Southern Recon Agency provides professional investigation services that are thorough, effective, and discreet. We are able to gather evidence that helps to disprove or prove various claims. This helps to confirm a suspicion or even change the outcome of a case. We are also able to help with the investigation into a missing person.
For more information about the services we provide, reach out to Southern Recon Agency today!

What is a Private Investigator?

A private investigator (also known as a “private eye” or “P.I.”) is an investigator that is hired by a client to gather evidence that helps them to resolve a problem. This may be a private matter or a legal matter. With that said, private investigators aren’t police. They do need to be licensed, but they don’t have the ability to arrest and don’t have access to the same resources as police. Private investigators gather information using legal techniques, skills, and resources that regular people often don’t have access to.
If you are having trouble gathering evidence for a case or proving a private matter, consider reaching out to a private investigator.

What Do Private Investigators Do?

Private investigators perform a variety of different types of investigations and provide different services. This may include researching for alimony or custody battles, finding a missing person, discovering infidelity, and more. Private investigators use different methods to gather evidence. This may include video, photos, or other methods. Professional private investigators often have access to specialized software, industry resources, security clearance, and other helpful tools. Combined with their high level of skill, they are able to uncover information most people can’t. Many private investigators also come from a government or police background.
It’s important to keep in mind that private investigators do not get involved with cases in which law enforcement is involved. They stick to cases that involve civil law.

How Do I Hire a Private Investigator?

You may not know where to start when hiring a private investigator, and because of that, it may seem daunting. That’s understandable. In reality, private investigators are simply professionals that provide services for clients. It’s not like in the movies—you won’t have to deal with a moody, mysterious detective. At Southern Recon Agency, we focus on customer service and making the experience of hiring and working with a private investigator as seamless as possible.
There are a few options for choosing the right private investigator. If you know someone that has recently hired an investigator, you can ask for a referral. You can also search online and check out reviews.
It’s important to find a private investigator with a license. It is actually a regulated industry, and you want to hire a legitimate, professional investigator that is licensed to do the work they do. You also need to check what the investigator specializes in. While some investigators provide a variety of different services, others focus on a specific aspect of private investigation.
If you’d like to avoid the process of searching for a private investigator entirely, simply contact Southern Recon Agency. We will provide you with an experienced and licensed investigator that will deliver high-quality services.

How Much Do Private Investigators Cost?

The price of a private investigator varies. Some investigators charge more or less than others, and the type of services you require will also affect the price. For general services, you may expect to pay around $75-$125 an hour. If there are specialized services required (like cyber investigation, forensics, and so on), the cost may be upwards of $150-$350 per hour.
If you would like to learn more about the costs of a private investigator and to get a rough estimate of the costs, reach out to Southern Recon Agency. We’ll discuss the services you require and let you know around how much to expect.

Private Investigator Services

There are different services that a private investigator may perform. Below are some of the services Southern Recon Agency offers:

Alimony Reduction

Alimony may be awarded for a certain period of time and/or it may be subject to certain circumstances. For instance, your ex may only be entitled to compensation if they are financially independent and aren’t married. While some people are kind enough to let their ex know they are no longer eligible, others try and hide this fact. Instead, they don’t disclose that they are living with someone or are married. If you can prove this is the case, you may be able to get the alimony terminated.
We help to provide clients with the proof they need to bring to court and terminate their alimony agreement if their ex is breaking the terms of their agreement or court order.


Southern Recon Agency provides surveillance services for those that suspect a cheating spouse, fraud, elderly abuse, or other incidents that require proof. These issues may be difficult to address without evidence. Southern Recon helps to provide photo evidence, video evidence, and other forms of evidence to strengthen your case. This is especially important for legal matters.

Missing Persons Investigation

If you have a loved one that has gone missing, you are going through a very difficult time. You may have filed a missing persons report but haven’t gotten any results. Private investigators are able to provide additional services to help track down the missing person. While it’s never guaranteed, private investigators are able to provide “boots on the ground” services, along with searching nationwide databases and more.
Southern Recon also provides missing person investigation services to find those that are trying to avoid child support and other legal consequences.

Contact Southern Recon Agency Today!

If you are in need of a private investigator, reach out to Southern Recon Agency today!


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!