Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Background Investigator make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$54,271 / yrTotal Pay
$50,397 / yrBase Pay
$3,874 / yrAdditional Pay

$54,271

 / yr
$35K$84K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Background Investigator is $54,271 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $50,397 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,874 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Investigator

$61,876 /yr
Investigator
$87,784 /yr
Senior Investigator
$80,062 /yr
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Some related job titles are SIU Investigator Salaries with median pay of $71,813, Fraud Investigator Salaries with median pay of $58,990, Private Investigator Salaries with median pay of $58,576, Special Investigator Salaries with median pay of $64,859.

Top Paying Companies

For a Background Investigator in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Background Investigator in United States. Employers include Perspecta, CACI International and Peraton.

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Perspecta
$70,394/yr

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CACI International
4.0
Background InvestigatorSee 143 salaries from all locations

$33

 / hr
Perspecta
3.4
Background InvestigatorSee 82 salaries from all locations

$34

 / hr

$65,728

 / yr

$28

 / hr

$55,800

 / yr

$31

 / hr

$54,247

 / yr

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$42,878

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$25

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$26

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$29

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Perspecta
3.4
Background Investigator ISee 9 salaries from all locations

$64,417

 / yr

$49,968

 / yr

$51,168

 / yr

$25

 / hr

$24

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$27

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$26

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$52,402

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$57,956

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

Child Welfare Specialist

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$107,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Investigator

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$54,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Investigator

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$75,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Investigator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$3,100

/mo

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
TB Contact Investigator

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$43,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
CPS Investigator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$65,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Security Investigator

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$17

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday

Background Investigator pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Background Investigator is $50,397 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Background Investigator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 638 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Background Investigator employees.

The highest salary for a Background Investigator in United States is $76,761 per year.

The lowest salary for a Background Investigator in United States is $33,088 per year.

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