Background Investigator Salary
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.Read More...
Background investigators generally must have a bachelor's degree and (if they are conducting security clearances) pass their own security check. An additional requirement for background investigators include the ability to regularly pass drug screenings, as well as the ability to pass a polygraph examination and have their financial data evaluated for any potential risks for bribery (such as bankruptcies or gambling debts) and peculiar purchases (such as large cash purchases beyond the investigator’s current salary).
Investigators are expected to work in many locations, including in an office setting and traveling to conduct interviews. Most tasks are done by a single investigator, but sometimes teams are tasked with investigating a high-priority subject.
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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With a median salary of $45K, KeyPoint Government Solutions offers Background Investigators the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $35K and are capped at $61K.
Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Background Investigators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Background Investigators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $64K.
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