Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for border patrol agents in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 3,536 border patrol agents currently employed in the United States.
  • 14.0% of all border patrol agents are women, while 86.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed border patrol agent is 39 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of border patrol agents is White (60.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (22.0%), Black or African American (9.1%) and Unknown (4.3%).
  • Border patrol agents are most in-demand in Mobile, AL.
  • Los Angeles, CA pays an annual average wage of $63,971, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 92% of what men earned.
  • Arizona is the best state for border patrol agents to live.
  • Border patrol agents are 44% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to government companies.

Border Patrol Agent Statistics By Gender

14.0% of border patrol agents are women and 86.0% of border patrol agents are men.

  • Male, 86.0%
  • Female, 14.0%

Border Patrol Agents By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male86.0%
Female14.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Border Patrol Agent

Women Earn 92¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$48,022
female-income
Female Income
$44,252

Border Patrol Agent Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the border patrol agent position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Border Patrol Agent Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201086.86%13.14%
201186.83%13.17%
201286.67%13.33%
201387.21%12.79%
201487.10%12.90%
201587.48%12.52%
201687.74%12.26%
201787.49%12.51%
201886.42%13.58%
201985.91%14.09%
202087.63%12.37%
202186.03%13.97%

Border Patrol Agent Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, deputy sheriff-k9 handler and fugitive investigator have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Matron8%92%
Deputy Treasurer19%81%
Unemployment Examiner29%71%
Border Patrol Agent86%14%
Town Marshal96%4%
Fugitive Investigator97%3%
Deputy Sheriff-K9 Handler98%2%

Border Patrol Agent Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among border patrol agents is White, which makes up 60.8% of all border patrol agents. Comparatively, there are 22.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 60.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 22.0%
  • Black or African American, 9.1%
  • Unknown, 4.3%
  • Asian, 2.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Border Patrol Agent Race

Border Patrol Agent RacePercentages
White60.8%
Hispanic or Latino22.0%
Black or African American9.1%
Unknown4.3%
Asian2.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.9%

Border Patrol Agent Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among border patrol agents.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Border Patrol Agent Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201066.62%9.40%2.21%19.41%
201166.80%9.46%2.46%18.76%
201266.49%9.51%2.01%18.83%
201366.99%8.89%2.17%18.97%
201466.37%8.97%2.36%19.23%
201565.75%9.30%2.56%19.83%
201665.60%9.42%2.22%20.20%
201765.19%9.48%2.26%20.12%
201864.30%8.76%2.75%21.08%
201965.72%8.32%2.56%20.64%
202062.68%9.56%2.79%20.60%
202160.79%9.12%2.91%21.97%

Border Patrol Agent Wage Gap By Race

Asian border patrol agents have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american border patrol agents have the lowest average salary at $44,882.
$51,000
$49,000
$47,000
$45,000
$43,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$46,697
White$47,460
Black or African American$44,882
Asian$50,799
Hispanic or Latino$50,541

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Average Age of a Border Patrol Agent

We determined the average age of border patrol agents based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Border Patrol Agent Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4243
Unknown3837
Asian3843
Hispanic or Latino3936
White3939
American Indian and Alaska Native41.5

Border Patrol Agent Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of border patrol agent employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of border patrol agents is 40+ years old, which represents 50% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Border Patrol Agent Age

Border Patrol Agent YearsPercentages
40+ years50%
30-40 years34%
20-30 years16%

Types of Border Patrol Agent Degree Levels

The most common degree for border patrol agents is bachelor's degree 63% of border patrol agents earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 19% and rounding it off is high school diploma with 8%.

  • Bachelors, 63%
  • Associate, 19%
  • High School Diploma, 8%
  • Masters, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 5%

Border Patrol Agents By Education

Border Patrol Agent DegreePercentages
Bachelors63%
Associate19%
High School Diploma8%
Masters5%
Other Degrees5%

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Border Patrol Agent Wage Gap By Education

Border patrol agents with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $55,646 annually. With a Doctorate degree, border patrol agents earn a median annual income of $54,195 compared to $51,502 for border patrol agents with an Bachelors degree.
$58,000
$55,000
$52,000
$49,000
$46,000
$43,000
$40,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$42,522
Master's Degree$55,646
Bachelor's Degree$51,502
Doctorate Degree$54,195
Some College/ Associate Degree$47,909

Border Patrol Agent Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where border patrol agents work. We found most border patrol agents work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most border patrol agents is the government industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire border patrol agents.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Border Patrol Agent Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees10%
50 - 100 employees18%
100 - 500 employees31%
1,000 - 10,000 employees15%
> 10,000 employees26%

The Types Of Companies Border Patrol Agent Work In

Employees with the border patrol agent job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most border patrol agents prefer to work at private companies over government companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Border Patrol Agent Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education8%
Public11%
Private44%
Government36%

Top Industries Hiring Border Patrol Agents

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ border patrol agents. Those industries include government, professional and transportation.

Government

Professional

Transportation

Fortune 500

Hospitality

Border Patrol Agent Turnover And Employment Statistics

Border Patrol Agent Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of border patrol agents changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Border Patrol Agent Unemployment Rate By Year

YearBorder Patrol Agent Unemployment Rate
20102.07%
20112.19%
20121.94%
20131.72%
20141.41%
20151.11%
20161.02%
20171.12%
20180.98%
20191.03%
20201.37%
20211.40%

The Average Number of Years That Border Patrol Agent Stay in a Job

By looking over 894 border patrol agents resumes, we figured out that the average border patrol agent enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 27%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Border Patrol Agent Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year25%
1-2 years27%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years16%
8-10 years5%
11+ years14%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Border Patrol Agents with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to border patrol agents.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
House Officer5.55%80,334
Border Patrol Agent7.15%-
Deputy United States Marshal8.65%10,658
Deputy Bailiff11.11%1,804

Border Patrol Agent LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
House Officer5.55%80,334
Deputy United States Marshal8.65%10,658
Deputy Bailiff11.11%1,804

Foreign Languages Spoken By Border Patrol Agents

The most common foreign language among border patrol agents is Spanish at 85.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is German at 4.0% and French is the third-most popular at 2.0%.

  • Spanish, 85.0%
  • German, 4.0%
  • French, 2.0%
  • Russian, 2.0%
  • Italian, 2.0%
  • Other, 5.0%

Border Patrol Agent Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish85.0%
German4.0%
French2.0%
Russian2.0%
Italian2.0%
Other5.0%

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Border Patrol Agent Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a border patrol agent can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of border patrol agents is $58,411. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Border Patrol Agents Earn The Most?

Border patrol agents earn the most in Alaska, where the average border patrol agent salary is $65,797. The map here shows where border patrol agents earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Border Patrol Agents In High Demand?

Border patrol agents are in high demand in Mobile, AL. There are currently 10 job openings for border patrol agents here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country border patrol agents are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Border Patrol Agent Demographics FAQs

How Many Border Patrol Agent Are There In The Us?

There are over 3,536 Border Patrol Agents in the United States.

What Percentage Of Border Patrol Agents Are Black?

9.1% of Border Patrol Agents are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Border Patrol Agents?

Most a are White, with 60.8% of Border Patrol Agents belonging to this ethnicity. 22.0% of Border Patrol Agents are Hispanic or Latino, 9.1% of Border Patrol Agents are Black or African American, 4.3% of Border Patrol Agents are Unknown, 2.9% of Border Patrol Agents are Asian, and 0.9% of Border Patrol Agents are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Border Patrol Agent Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Border Patrol Agent jobs are male - dominated. 86% of Border Patrol Agents are male, and 14% are female, so there are more male Border Patrol Agents than female Border Patrol Agents in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Border Patrol Agent?

The average Border Patrol Agent is 40 years old. 50% of Border Patrol Agents are 40+ years old or older, 34% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 16% are between 20-30 years old

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