Special Agent (Federal) Salary

Earnings for Federal Special Agents in the United States come in at around $78K per year on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. The vast majority of Federal Special Agents (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Federal Special Agents. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,241 - $132,783
$50K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,448
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$24.57 - $49.58
$34
MEDIAN: $34.04
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$0$133K
Salary $50,241 - $132,783
Bonus $1,987 - $24,468
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$50,256 - $133,093
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 176
Hourly Data $0$89
Hourly Rate $34.04
Overtime $9.91 - $89.40
Annual Data $0$133K
Bonus $1,987 - $24,468
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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$50,256 - $133,093
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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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.

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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

National Average: $81,075

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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)

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Special Agent (Federal) Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲13%

National Average
$81,000

▼8%

▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 4%
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