Background Investigator Salary

Average Background Investigators in the United States make around $45K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. While somewhere between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Most Background Investigators report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,531 - $69,394
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$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,145
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$12.74 - $26.52
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$0$69K
Salary $32,531 - $69,394
Bonus $493.16 - $5,872
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$29,689 - $66,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 194
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $12.74 - $26.52
Overtime $19.21 - $46.24
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $493.16 - $5,872
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$29,689 - $66,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 195

Job Description for Background Investigator

Background investigator may conduct a wide range of investigative duties depending on their employer. Some investigators perform basic background checks for companies, such as searching for felony convictions and outstanding debts; government background investigators handle background checks for security clearances. Background investigators spend a substantial amount of time working with public databases and interviewing people to get information on the applicant. Thus, much of the investigators time may be spent traveling to interview subjects in person. When not traveling, an investigator works in an office doing research on public databases or on the phone doing interviews.

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Background Investigator Tasks

  • Obtain necessary background reports and files.
  • Investigate subjects' background and character through different sources including interviews.
  • File reports, track pending reports.
  • Prepare reports in compliance with organization/federal guidelines.

Background Investigator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Background Investigator


KeyPoint Government Solutions offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $44K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Caci International Inc offers the lowest median salary at $41K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $32K and $66K.

Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Background Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Background Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 180 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Background Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Background Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 52 salaries. A Background Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,041

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

With a pay rate for Background Investigators that is 56 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Background Investigators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+27 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Baltimore (+18 percent), and New York (+18 percent). Sacramento ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Fairfax and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

Background Investigator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Background Investigator?

Background Investigator in Eau Claire:
"Background Investigator."
Pros: Good starting pay, 2 weeks PTO, work from home, mileage compensation, decent dental and vision.
Cons: Steep learning curve, training department needs improvement, pushed to make numbers. At times stressful.

Background Investigator in Emlenton:
"Background investigations reviewer."
Pros: The flexibility to work from home and the flexible start time.
Cons: The lack of organization and high upper management turnover.

Key Stats for Background Investigator

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

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Experience Affects Background Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Experienced
▲33%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$42,000

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 20%