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FBI Agent Salary

FBi Agent SalaryA freshly graduated Special Agent’s salary begins at approximately $43,000 per year but this salary can increase to anywhere between $63,000 and $69,000 depending on locality pay and availability pay adjustments. For instance, the FBI offices in the New York metro area pay roughly a 30% premium. Also, Agents who are moved to high cost of living offices, which are usually offices in large cities like New York City or San Francisco, Seattle, LA, etc., will be paid a one-time relocation fee of $22,000. FBI Agents typically start at a GS-10, but promotions are fairly regular to GS-13 (GS: General Schedule Pay Scale). You'll find our most current annual salary data below.

FBI Salary Annual Average Salary
All FBI Positions $63,000 - $69,000
FBI Special Agents $89,930

*The FBI uses the GS scale which can vary greatly depending upon education & experience. Info from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and usa.gov GS scales.




FBI Agent GS Salary Table for 2010

Grade

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

Step 9

Step 10

10

$45,771

$47,297

$48,823

$50,349

$51,875

$53,401

$54,927

$56,453

$57,979

$59,505

11

50,287

51,963

53,639

55,315

56,991

58,667

60,343

62,019

63,695

65,371

12

60,274

62,283

64,292

66,301

68,310

70,319

72,328

74,337

76,346

78,355

13

71,674

74,063

76,452

78,841

81,230

83,619

86,008

88,397

90,786

93,175

14

84,697

87,520

90,343

93,166

95,989

98,812

101,635

104,458

107,281

110,104

15

99,628

102,949

106,270

109,591

112,912

116,233

119,554

122,875

126,196

129,517

Source: http://www.opm.gov/oca/10tables/html/gs.asp



FBI Agent Pay Adjustments by Geographic Location

You can calculate the FBI salary base pay, by location, by using the below table. Take the Base GS Pay Scale wage, and multiple it by the percentage adjustment for a given city or state.

Location

%

Location

%

Location

%

Location

%

Alaska 04.72% Dayton 16.24% Miami 20.79% Richmond 16.47%
Atlanta 19.29% Denver 22.52% Milwaukee 18.10% Sacramento 22.20%
Boston 24.80% Detroit 24.09% Minneapolis 20.96% San Diego 24.19%
Buffalo 16.98% Hawaii 04.72% New York 28.72% San Francisco 35.15%
Chicago 25.10% Hartford 25.82% Philadelphia 21.79% Seattle 21.81%
Cincinnati 18.55% Houston 28.71% Phoenix 16.79% Washington DC 24.22%
Cleveland 18.68% Huntsville 16.02% Pittsburgh 16.37% Other Cities 14.16%
Columbus 17.16% Indianapolis 14.68% Portland 20.35%    
Dallas 20.67% Los Angeles 27.16% Raleigh 17.64%    

Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 2010 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables - http://www.opm.gov/oca/10tables/indexGS.asp


FBI Employment Job Outlook

FBI Job OutlookNational security is always one of the primary concerns of the US Government and the FBI is central to keeping America secure. Because of this, the FBI is constantly well funded and usually in a process of expanding. It is unlikely that this career will be cut or shrunk in any way in the near future seeing as how deeply we value national security. So the demand for this job is pretty high but the amount of people who are seeking a job at the FBI is also fairly high. The appeal of working at the FBI is so great that people from all over the country apply every year to be part of a select group of FBI agents. This year there will be 900 graduates from the FBI training facility but there were a few thousand applications for the program. It might be difficult to get involved with the FBI but with hard work and determination, your chances of getting in are fairly good considering how sought after this job is.