DEA Agent Salary

The average pay for a DEA Agent is $77,687 per year.

$35,000 - $156,141
MEDIAN: $77,686

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$35,000 - $156,141  
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$35,000 - $170,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Job Description for DEA Agent

DEA agents work exclusively as agents for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in its efforts to control the import, sale and use of illegal drugs. To become an DEA agent, recruits must finish an 18-week training course that includes classes on using guns, situational decision-making and leadership skills. Other skills learned include rules of engagement (knowing when and how to apply deadly force), ethics, communication and marksmanship. Upon successful completion of basic training, the agent makes a decision about their desired specialty; for example, they may specialize in foreign cooperative investigations, the aviation division, state or local task force, or diversion control. The agent then receives more specialized training with the length of training and skills learned varying by their chosen specialty.


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Experience Affects DEA Agent Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits