Background Investigator Salary

Pay for Background Investigators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $47K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Background Investigators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,753 - $73,164
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,754
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$12.06 - $30.93
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$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,753 - $73,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$30,797 - $71,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $30.93  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $39.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
   
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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$30,797 - $71,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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


For Background Investigators, comfortable salaries can be found at KeyPoint Government Solutions; in fact, median earnings sit around $48K, the highest in the area.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $49K on average. Background Investigators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $53K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 30%
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