Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Median pay for Federal Special Agents in the United States is around $80K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Federal Special Agents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (81 percent) of Federal Special Agents who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,930 - $125,775
(Median)
$49K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,867
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$17.23 - $54.25
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$17
$29
$54
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$48,930 - $125,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,447  
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$48,712 - $126,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $54.25  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $74.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,447  
   
Total Pay (?
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$48,712 - $126,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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)


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where the median salary is just $99K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $140K.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Agent (Federal)

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


For many Federal Special Agents, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $86K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $102K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,605

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Federal Special Agents, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Federal Special Agents will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+28 percent) and San Antonio (+22 percent). Federal Special Agents in Boston make 28 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Atlanta and San Francisco are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

Special Agent (Federal) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Special Agent (Federal) in Seattle:
"Never give up."
Stay strong both mentally and physically. Be a team player but be ready to lead the team. Government hirers sporadically and years could pass before your offered a career. This is normal so don't be discouraged.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$81,000

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
5%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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