Background Investigator Salary

Earnings for Background Investigators in the United States come in at around $46K per year on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Background Investigators. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,033 - $71,887
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$46K
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MEDIAN: $45,642
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$12.48 - $27.04
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$0$71K
Salary $33,033 - $71,887
Bonus $493.88 - $6,953
Profit Sharing $1,250
Total Pay (?
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$29,757 - $68,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 189
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $12.48 - $27.04
Overtime $19.15 - $48.85
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $493.88 - $6,953
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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$29,757 - $68,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 183

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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.

Background Investigator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Background Investigator


The biggest paychecks can be found at KeyPoint Government Solutions — the median salary there is $44K.

For Background Investigators, below-average salaries can be found at Caci International Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $41K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($32K versus $66K) is great.

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: $42,687

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

For Background Investigators, Boston provides a pay rate that is 55 percent greater than the national average. Background Investigators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+26 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Baltimore (+17 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Sacramento is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Fairfax and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 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.

Background Investigator in Emlenton:
"Background investigations reviewer."
Pros: The flexibility to work from home and the flexible start time.
Cons: The lack of organization and high upper management turnover.

Key Stats for Background Investigator

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲46%

Experienced
▲31%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$43,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 22%
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