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FBI special agents earn $62k-$80k

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking police officers, military veterans and pilots. The postings, which follow 19 weeks of traineeship at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, pay from  $62,556 to $80,721 a year. 

FBI Special Agents apply their professional expertise and unique skill sets to their work every day and that includes law enforcement and military backgrounds. 

Incumbents can expect continued specialized training once onboard and opportunities to work on some of the Bureau's most complex cases. 


Applicants must adhere to strict standards of conduct; undergo a rigorous background investigation, credit checks and a polygraph in order to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance; pass a physical fitness test; be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy at Quantico and maintain a high level of fitness throughout their career. They must pass a medical exam, which includes, but is not limited to, meeting visual and hearing standards.

Appointees must successfully complete about 19 weeks of employment as a special agent trainee at Quantico. Upon graduation, they must be available to transfer to one of the FBI's 56 Field Offices, including San Juan, Puerto Rico, or remote resident agencies satellite offices to meet the bureau’s needs. Special agents rarely return to their processing office. Applicants should ensure that their families are prepared for and support this move.

Throughout their careers, special agents must be available for temporary duty assignments anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis. They must work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. They also must be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

For more information on eligibility requirements, go to fbijobs.gov/working-at-FBI/eligibility.


Successful applicants must be U.S. citizens; be at least 23 years old and not have reached their 37th birthday on appointment; and hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

They must be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance SCI Clearance; have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions); meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements and possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

The Special Agent Selection System is a mentally and physically challenging process designed to find only the most capable applicants. 

For more information about the SASS, physical fitness requirements and work experience waivers, please visit: https://fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

For complete information about the post, including full eligibility requirements and application instructions, go to www.usajobs.gov/job/463469600


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