Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Average Federal Special Agents in the United States make around $81K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Nearly all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Federal Special Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Federal Special Agents (81 percent) who took the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,943 - $123,299
(Median)
$48K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,540
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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
$47,943 - $123,299  
   
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 - $123,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $53.83  
   
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).
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$47,389 - $123,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 $135K, a median salary of only $99K — 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $67K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $89K. Federal Special Agents see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $106K.

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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$81,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 3%
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