Background Investigator Salary

Median pay for Background Investigators in the United States is around $47K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Background Investigators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Background Investigators (56 percent) survey respondents. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,527 - $74,228
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,587
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$11.87 - $31.01
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,527 - $74,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,532 - $73,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $31.01  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $43.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,532 - $73,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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Job Description for Background Investigator

Background investigator may conduct a wide range of investigative duties depending on their employer. Some investigators perform basic background checks for companies, such as searching for felony convictions and outstanding debts; government background investigators handle background checks for security clearances. Background investigators spend a substantial amount of time working with public databases and interviewing people to get information on the applicant. Thus, much of the investigators time may be spent traveling to interview subjects in person. When not traveling, an investigator works in an office doing research on public databases or on the phone doing interviews.

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Background Investigator Tasks

  • Prepare reports in compliance with organization/federal guidelines.
  • Obtain necessary background reports and files.
  • Investigate subjects’ background and character through different sources including interviews.
  • File reports, track pending reports.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Background Investigator


KeyPoint Government Solutions offers the largest salaries in town — $48K on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $49K. Background Investigators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Background Investigators report making only $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 43%

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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