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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Popular Employer Salaries for Background Investigator
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.