Special Agent (Federal) Salary

The average Federal Special Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $80K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Federal Special Agents. Federal Special Agents who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,138 - $122,422

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$17.36 - $53.83

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Salary
$48,138 - $122,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,287  
Total Pay (?
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$47,692 - $122,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$13.50 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$47,692 - $122,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Special Agent (Federal)


Employees of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $98K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $42K to $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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $67K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $88K. Federal Special Agents bring in $93K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $103K.

Special Agent (Federal) Advice

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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 29%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 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: 98% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 2%
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