Border Patrol Agents in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $55K annually. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Border Patrol Agents — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,573 - $98,748
$39K
$55K
$99K
MEDIAN: $55,223
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$8.21 - $49.38
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,573 - $98,748  
   
Bonus
$101.13  
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$35,760 - $100,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $49.38  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $60.82  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
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Total Pay (?
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$35,760 - $100,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Border Patrol Agent

Border patrol agents are required to have extensive knowledge of the law and how to protect the country's borders, as they are responsible for ensuring safe traveling and transport of goods through a country's borders. They typically spend their days working outside along the borders of a country, as well as patrolling the waters to limit the flow of illegal trade, and are tasked with preventing any type of illegal immigration and protecting citizens from trafficking, terrorism, and more.

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Pay by Experience Level for Border Patrol Agent

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


Border Patrol Agents with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Border Patrol Agents see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Border Patrol Agents who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

Key Stats for Border Patrol Agent

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Border Patrol Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 75%

Experienced
up arrow 52%

Mid-Career
up arrow 34%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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