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Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Median pay for Federal Special Agents in the United States is around $83K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Federal Special Agents who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,593 - $124,651
(Median)
$49K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,270
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90%

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$17.23 - $50.30
(Median)
$17
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,593 - $124,651  
   
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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$48,066 - $124,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $50.30  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $75.25  
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).
)
$48,066 - $124,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Special Agent (Federal)


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $98K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $129K.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Agent (Federal)

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Federal Special Agents. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $89K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $107K on average.

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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$83,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 3%
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