Background Investigator Salary

Background Investigators in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most Background Investigators like their work and job satisfaction is high. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Background Investigators (55 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,564 - $73,069

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$11.96 - $30.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,564 - $73,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
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$30,549 - $71,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $30.89  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $39.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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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$30,549 - $71,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at KeyPoint Government Solutions — the median salary there is $48K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $49K. Background Investigators see a median salary of $62K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 32%
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