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Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Earnings for Federal Special Agents in the United States come in at around $85K per year on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more male Federal Special Agents survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,294 - $124,828
(Median)
$48K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,281
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50%
90%

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$17.23 - $50.30
(Median)
$17
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,294 - $124,828  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,287  
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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$47,611 - $125,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $50.30  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,287  
   
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).
)
$47,611 - $125,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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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Although Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hands out the lowest average salary in town at $99K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $65K or as much as $128K.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Agent (Federal)

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Federal Special Agents. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $69K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $91K. On average, Federal Special Agents make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $107K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 4%