Background Investigator Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Background Investigator is $45,222 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 Total Pay (?
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$33,658 - $72,997
(Median)
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59K
73K
MEDIAN: $45,221
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Background Investigator Total Pay (?
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$11.90 - $32.00
(Median)
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32
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,658 - $72,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,045  
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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$29,871 - $72,313  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$11.75 - $42.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,045  
   
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).
)
$29,871 - $72,313  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Background Investigator

  • 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.

Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 42%
Mid-Career
up arrow 26%
Late-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 31%
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