Background Investigator Salary

The average Background Investigator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $45K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. Women account for the majority of Background Investigators who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. For the most part, Background Investigators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,286 - $73,541
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$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,428
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$11.88 - $26.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,286 - $73,541  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $7,341  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$29,191 - $70,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $26.68  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $49.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $7,341  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,191 - $70,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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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

  • Obtain necessary background reports and files.
  • Investigate subjects' background and character through different sources including interviews.
  • File reports, track pending reports.
  • Prepare reports in compliance with organization/federal guidelines.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Background Investigator


With a median salary of $45K, KeyPoint Government Solutions offers Background Investigators the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $35K and are capped at $61K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

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


For many Background Investigators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Background Investigators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $64K.

Background Investigator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Background Investigator?

Background Investigator in Eau Claire:
"Background Investigator."
Pros: Good starting pay, 2 weeks PTO, work from home, mileage compensation, decent dental and vision.
Cons: Steep learning curve, training department needs improvement, pushed to make numbers. At times stressful.

Key Stats for Background Investigator

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲51%

Experienced
▲36%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$42,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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