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Background Investigator Salary

Earnings for Background Investigators in the United States come in at around $47K per year on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. For the most part, Background Investigators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,402 - $72,478
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,610
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90%

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$12.20 - $31.25
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,402 - $72,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,072  
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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$30,637 - $70,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $31.25  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $39.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,072  
   
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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$30,637 - $70,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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


KeyPoint Government Solutions attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $48K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. On average, Background Investigators make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Background Investigators report making only $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 29%
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