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FBI Agent Salary (United States)

An FBI Agent earns an average salary of $64,332 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
FBI Agent Salary (?
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$35,569 - $126,277
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MEDIAN: $64,332
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FBI Agent Salary (?
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$11.68 - $60.00
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,569 - $126,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,653  
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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$36,023 - $130,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$9.29 - $78.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,653  
   
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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$36,023 - $130,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Job Description for FBI Agent

An FBI agent is a member of our federal law enforcement branch. Their mission is to enforce our country’s laws, defend against terrorist threats, and provide assistance to all forms of law enforcement. This branch is responsible for investigating many types of criminal activity, as well as assisting other law enforcement agencies with their investigations. Their primary responsibility is to investigate interstate crime. Some of the types of crimes they investigate are cyber crimes, drug trafficking, international espionage, and highly sensitive security investigations. FBI agents will perform several activities in their pursuit of the criminals. These agents will conduct surveillance, monitor wire taps, and go undercover. They will also interview all types of people related to the crime. An FBI agent can work in the office on occasion and out in the field. This position usually requires a great deal of travel. With all of these duties, a 40-hour workweek can run into overtime.
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FBI Agent Tasks
  • Record interviews using cameras or other means.
  • Interview suspects and witnesses to obtain and verify information.
  • Search for and collect evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA samples and computer records.
  • Identify case issues and evidence based on complaints, charges or allegations of violations.
  • Prepare detailed reports of findings.

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Pay by Experience Level for FBI Agent

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

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$67,000
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Experience Affects FBI Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%
Experienced
up arrow 33%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$67,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%