Background Investigator Salary

Average Background Investigators in the United States make around $45K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. The majority of Background Investigators claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just over a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,075 - $74,225
$31K
$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,141
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$11.89 - $26.80
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MEDIAN: $17.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,075 - $74,225  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $7,397  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$29,001 - $70,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $26.80  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $49.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.73 - $7,397  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,001 - $70,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Background Investigator


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, KeyPoint Government Solutions offers the most; Background Investigators earn $44K on average there.

Bringing up the rear, Caci International Inc's median pay of $41K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $66K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Background Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Background Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 180 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Background Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Background Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 52 salaries. A Background Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,007

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Background Investigators, 57 percent above the national average. Background Investigators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+28 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Baltimore (+19 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Sacramento. Workers in Fairfax and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less).

Background Investigator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Background Investigator?

Background Investigator in Eau Claire:
"Background Investigator."
Pros: Good starting pay, 2 weeks PTO, work from home, mileage compensation, decent dental and vision.
Cons: Steep learning curve, training department needs improvement, pushed to make numbers. At times stressful.

Key Stats for Background Investigator

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲49%

Experienced
▲33%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$42,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 23%