Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Earnings for Federal Special Agents in the United States come in at around $78K annually on average. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Federal Special Agents (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Federal Special Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,057 - $133,235
$50K
$78K
$130K
MEDIAN: $78,119
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50%
90%

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$24.57 - $49.58
$34
MEDIAN: $34.04
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$0$133K
Salary $50,057 - $133,235
Bonus $1,993 - $24,240
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$50,071 - $133,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 172
Hourly Data $0$89
Hourly Rate $34.04
Overtime $9.91 - $89.40
Annual Data $0$133K
Bonus $1,993 - $24,240
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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$50,071 - $133,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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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

  • Identify case issues and evidence based on complaints, charges or allegations of violations.
  • Prepare detailed reports of findings.
  • Search for and collect evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA samples and computer records.
  • Record interviews using cameras or other means.
  • Interview suspects and witnesses to obtain and verify information.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Special Agent (Federal)


Federal Special Agents seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where the average salary comes to $105K.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Agent (Federal)

Pay by Experience for a Special Agent (Federal) has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Agent (Federal) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 70 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Agent (Federal) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Special Agent (Federal) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 63 salaries. A Special Agent (Federal) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,672

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

Federal Special Agents will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Federal Special Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+27 percent), San Antonio (+25 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Boston Federal Special Agents have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (24 percent lower) and Detroit (17 percent lower).

Key Stats for Special Agent (Federal)

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲16%

National Average
$79,000

▼5%

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 6%
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