Average Background Investigator Salary

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The average salary for a Background Investigator is $45,861.
MEDIAN $45,861
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$35k - $72k
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$31k - $69k

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Job Description for Background Investigator

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.
The top respondents for the job title Background Investigator are from the companies CACI International Inc, CSRA Inc. and Keypoint Technologies. Reported salaries are highest at Office of Personnel Management where the average pay is $82,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Omniplex and Keypoint Technologies, earning around $67,664 and $49,435, respectively. Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. pays the lowest at around $41,411. CSRA Inc. and Information Systems and Networks (ISN) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $42,213 and $44,572, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Background Investigator

An entry-level Background Investigator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,123 based on 154 salaries. An early career Background Investigator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,404 based on 306 salaries. A mid-career Background Investigator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,213 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Background Investigator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,142 based on 94 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $54,313.
Employees with Background Investigator in their job title in San Antonio, Texas earn an average of 41.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (15.3% more) and San Diego, California (13.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Fairfax, Virginia (5.2% less) and Baltimore, Maryland (2.8% less).

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