The average pay for a Background Investigator is $44,635 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.
Background Investigator Total Pay (?
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$33,157 - $74,767
(Median)
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61K
75K
MEDIAN: $44,635
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Background Investigator Total Pay (?
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$11.74 - $30.50
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,157 - $74,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,456  
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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$26,648 - $70,595  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $30.50  
   
Overtime
$13.68 - $50.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,456  
   
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).
)
$26,648 - $70,595  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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National Average
$43,000
San Antonio
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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 49%
Mid-Career
up arrow 29%
Late-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%
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Gender
Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 28%
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