Background Investigator Salary

For Background Investigators, annual average wages total $47K per year. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving 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 56 percent. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,962 - $72,573
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,754
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$12.06 - $30.93
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,962 - $72,573  
   
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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$30,925 - $70,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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$30,925 - $70,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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KeyPoint Government Solutions leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $48K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $49K. Background Investigators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Background Investigators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $53K.

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 37%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
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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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