Average Special Agent (Federal) Salary

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The average salary for a Special Agent (Federal) is $85,102.
MEDIAN $85,102
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$53k - $145k
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Job Description for Special Agent (Federal)

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Special Agent (Federal)

The top respondents for the job title Special Agent (Federal) are from the companies Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Department Of State. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Department Of State where the average pay is $92,000. U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the lowest at around $58,983.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Special Agent (Federal). Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Special Agent (Federal)
Detective or Criminal Investigator
Fraud Investigator
Supervisory Special Agent
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Popular Skills for Special Agent (Federal)

Skills in Security Risk Management, Fraud Investigation, Training, Forensics and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Agent (Federal)

An entry-level Special Agent (Federal) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $63,977 based on 17 salaries. An early career Special Agent (Federal) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,428 based on 70 salaries. A mid-career Special Agent (Federal) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,480 based on 59 salaries. An experienced Special Agent (Federal) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $103,547 based on 90 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $113,573.
Employees with Special Agent (Federal) in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 31.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (14.0% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (11.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (16.0% less), Houston, Texas (1.9% less) and New York, New York (0.3% less).

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