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Background Investigator Salary

An average Background Investigator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Background Investigators. While close to a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Women Background Investigators who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,691 - $71,259
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MEDIAN: $46,272
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$11.98 - $31.85
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,691 - $71,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,095  
Total Pay (?
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$30,408 - $70,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $31.85  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $41.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,095  
   
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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$30,408 - $70,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Background Investigators make a median salary of $61K. Background Investigators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $49K.

Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 32%