DEA Agent Salary

The average pay for a DEA Agent is $70,000 per year.

$48,882 - $98,264
$69K
MEDIAN: $68,784
50%

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Job Description for DEA Agent

DEA agents work exclusively as agents for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in its efforts to control the import, sale and use of illegal drugs. To become an DEA agent, recruits must finish an 18-week training course that includes classes on using guns, situational decision-making and leadership skills. Other skills learned include rules of engagement (knowing when and how to apply deadly force), ethics, communication and marksmanship. Upon successful completion of basic training, the agent makes a decision about their desired specialty; for example, they may specialize in foreign cooperative investigations, the aviation division, state or local task force, or diversion control. The agent then receives more specialized training with the length of training and skills learned varying by their chosen specialty.

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DEA Agent Job Listings

Key Stats for DEA Agent

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
14%

Experience Affects DEA Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲82%

Entry-Level
▲2%

National Average
$69,000

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 100%
vision benefits
Vision: 100%
no benefits
None: