Special Agent (Federal) Salary

For Federal Special Agents, yearly average wages total $80K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Men account for the majority of Federal Special Agents who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Federal Special Agents. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,943 - $122,823
(Median)
$48K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,694
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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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Salary
$47,943 - $122,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,287  
Total Pay (?
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$47,389 - $122,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $75.25  
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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).
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$47,389 - $122,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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While select Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees may bring in up to $140K, a median salary of only $98K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $89K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $92K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $106K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Special Agent (Federal) in Fort Worth:
"Learn to write."
Writing skills are very important when conducting interviews and case writing to be clear, concise and legible.

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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 98% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 2%
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