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Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Federal Special Agents in the United States can expect to earn an average of $82K annually. While career duration and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. There are far more male Federal Special Agents survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Federal Special Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,000 - $123,971
(Median)
$48K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,524
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90%

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$17.36 - $53.83
(Median)
$17
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,000 - $123,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,141  
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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$47,296 - $124,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$13.50 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,141  
   
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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$47,296 - $124,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Special Agent (Federal)

A special agent (federal) is a law enforcement specialist who engages in the enforcement and investigation of violations of federal statutes. As these investigations and apprehensions can be highly involved and of clear and immediate danger to the general public, agencies who hire special agents are highly selective of their personnel. Special agents are also often detailed to teams and task forces revolving around a fairly tight focus.

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Special Agent (Federal) 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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The smallest paychecks can be found at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — the median salary there is $99K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $54K and $135K.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Agent (Federal)

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $89K. Federal Special Agents claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Federal Special Agents who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $107K.

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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$82,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 3%
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