Special Agent (Federal) Salary
|Salary||$50,241 - $132,783|
|Bonus||$1,987 - $24,468|
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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).)
|$50,256 - $133,093|
|Overtime||$9.91 - $89.40|
|Bonus||$1,987 - $24,468|
|Total Pay (||$50,256 - $133,093|
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.Read More...
As investigators, special agents will typically be allowed and required to question witnesses, persons of interest, and suspects regarding crimes in violation of federal statutes. Special agents also assist in the gathering of evidence through surveillance and field work. In some very specialized projects, the special agent may be required to infiltrate a group of individuals or an organization being investigated, sometimes in an undercover capacity. Much of the work a special agent does, however, involves organizing data collected either by themselves or other agents or investigators. The federal special agent will typically also use a great deal of his or her work time writing detailed reports. All of this office work must be done with meticulous detail, as it may be utilized by other agents or even prosecutors and could be presented as evidence.
Because federal agencies in law enforcement are so selective about their personnel, a person interested in being a special agent will likely need at least an undergraduate degree in law enforcement, criminology, or some related discipline. Many agents apply from or are recruited from the ranks of local and state law enforcement, and most federal agencies will look for practical experience and demonstrated excellence on the job. Special agents must also pass a rigorous background and security check in order to work in this field. Most agents work long, frequently irregular hours in field and office work. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
Special Agent (Federal) Job Listings
Popular Employer Salaries for Special Agent (Federal)
Federal Special Agents flock to U.S. Department of Homeland Security for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $105K lead the pack in compensation.
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
For Federal Special Agents, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Federal Special Agents will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+27 percent), San Antonio (+25 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Federal Special Agents in Boston earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Detroit (24 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).
Key Stats for Special Agent (Federal)
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