Background Investigator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Background Investigator is $45,886 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Background Investigator Salary (?
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$33,849 - $71,672
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $45,885
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Background Investigator Salary (?
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$11.94 - $31.56
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,849 - $71,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,118  
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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$30,515 - $69,688  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $31.56  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $41.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,118  
   
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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$30,515 - $69,688  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 43%
National Average
$44,000
San Antonio
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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%
Mid-Career
up arrow 22%
Late-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$44,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 32%
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