How much does a Special Agent make?

Updated Nov 28, 2021

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Employer Size

Experience

$108,708 /yr
Average Base Pay

686 salaries

$64K

Low

$109K

Average

$185K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for Special Agent is $108,708 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Special Agent salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 686 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Special Agent employees.

Seniority Levels

L4
Lead Special Agent$108,708 /yr
L7
Director of Investigations$104,056 /yr
L11
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
4.1

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Special Agent

$144,295

 /yr
Range: $64K - $181K
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$64K

$181K

$64,367 - $181,404 Range

US Department of Homeland Security
3.8

US Department of Homeland Security

Special Agent

$140,585

 /yr
Range: $60K - $182K

$60K

$182K

$60,451 - $181,877 Range

U.S. Department of State
3.9

U.S. Department of State

Special Agent

$129,549

 /yr
Range: $73K - $183K

$73K

$183K

$72,648 - $183,098 Range

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
4

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Special Agent

$98,647

 /yr
Range: $78K - $176K

$78K

$176K

$78,194 - $175,708 Range

US Air Force
4.1

US Air Force

Special Agent

$82,366

 /yr
Range: $47K - $140K

$47K

$140K

$46,833 - $140,500 Range

US Secret Service
3.6

US Secret Service

Special Agent

$151,562

 /yr
Range: $97K - $181K

$97K

$181K

$96,645 - $180,763 Range

United States Federal Government
4.1

United States Federal Government

Special Agent

$135,959

 /yr
Range: $81K - $183K

$81K

$183K

$80,888 - $182,642 Range

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US Department of Justice
4.1

US Department of Justice

Special Agent

$144,978

 /yr
Range: $95K - $177K

$95K

$177K

$95,241 - $176,896 Range

DEA
3.8

DEA

Special Agent

$131,090

 /yr
Range: $58K - $207K

$58K

$207K

$57,923 - $206,647 Range

IRS
3.6

IRS

Special Agent

$139,961

 /yr
Range: $81K - $177K

$81K

$177K

$81,367 - $176,574 Range

US Army
3.8

US Army

Special Agent

$69,358

 /yr
Range: $43K - $150K

$43K

$150K

$43,020 - $150,157 Range

US Department of Treasury
4

US Department of Treasury

Special Agent

$152,815

 /yr
Range: $123K - $179K

$123K

$179K

$123,000 - $179,012 Range

California Department of Justice
4.1

California Department of Justice

Special Agent - Monthly

$6,865

 /mo
Range: $5K - $9K

$5K

$9K

$5,386 - $8,991 Range

CSX
2.6

CSX

Special Agent

$80,900

 /yr
Range: $72K - $92K

$72K

$92K

$71,524 - $92,452 Range

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
4.1

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Special Agent

$96,500

 /yr
Range: $53K - $103K

$53K

$103K

$52,838 - $103,121 Range

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations
4.3

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Special Agent

$63,491

 /yr
Range: $43K - $110K

$43K

$110K

$42,912 - $110,426 Range

Union Pacific
2.1

Union Pacific

Special Agent

$92,512

 /yr
Range: $38K - $126K

$38K

$126K

$38,279 - $125,534 Range

NCIS
3.9

NCIS

Special Agent

$145,639

 /yr
Range: $104K - $183K

$104K

$183K

$103,520 - $183,491 Range

State of South Carolina
3.2

State of South Carolina

Special Agent

$46,136

 /yr
Range: $44K - $62K

$44K

$62K

$44,143 - $61,975 Range

Bureau of Diplomatic Security
4

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Special Agent

$112,626

 /yr
Range: $54K - $145K

$54K

$145K

$53,602 - $144,968 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Special Agent salaries

The national average salary for a Special Agent is $108,708 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Special Agent salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 686 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Special Agent employees.

The highest salary for a Special Agent in United States is $184,687 per year.

The lowest salary for a Special Agent in United States is $63,986 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Special Agent or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Special Agent.

Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent lead special agent salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$41,600
per year
A Lead Agent in the Chicago, IL Area area reported making $41,600 per year
Additional Pay
$23k profit sharing
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Chicago, IL Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$70,000
per year
A Lead Agent in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$15,000
per year
A Lead Agent in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $15,000 per year
Additional Pay
$20k cash bonus
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$11
hourly
A Lead Desk Agent in the Augusta, GA Area area reported making $11 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Augusta, GA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$20
hourly
A Lead Generation Agent in the San Antonio, TX Area area reported making $20 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
San Antonio, TX Area area
Contract
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$26
hourly
A Surveillance Lead Agent in the Las Vegas, NV Area area reported making $26 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Las Vegas, NV Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$35,000
per year
A Lead Agent in the Denver, CO Area area reported making $35,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Denver, CO Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$66,013
per year
A Lead Security Agent in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $66,013 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$18
hourly
A Lead Security Agent in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $18 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$15
hourly
An Ibotta Care Agent Lead in the Denver, CO Area area reported making $15 per hour
Job Highlights
Denver, CO Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
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