The average Background Investigator in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Background Investigators survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,901 - $74,576
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$31K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,939
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$11.83 - $26.95
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$12
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,901 - $74,576  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$29,246 - $71,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $26.95  
   
Overtime
$16.48 - $46.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$99.33 - $7,047  
   
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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$29,246 - $71,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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

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

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Although salaries only range from $36K to just $61K, KeyPoint Government Solutions still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $45K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


For many Background Investigators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $38K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $46K. Background Investigators see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $64K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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What is it like working as a Background Investigator at Caci International Inc?

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.

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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