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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Special Agent Salary

$50,622 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$24.34 hourly

Entry level Salary
$41,000 yearly
$41,000
10 %
$50,622
Median
$61,000
90 %

How much does a Special Agent make?

Special agents make $50,622 per year on average, or $24.34 per hour, in the United States. Special agents on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $41,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $61,000.

Location impacts how much a special agent can expect to make. Special agents make the most in Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, California, and Michigan.

Highest Paying States For Special Agents

The darker areas on the map show where special agents earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Special Agent average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Michigan$58,042$27.901,360
2Massachusetts$73,090$35.141,281
3Utah$53,170$25.56558
4Maine$60,887$29.27173
5Idaho$53,042$25.50272
6Maryland$63,427$30.49884
7Mississippi$50,942$24.49420
8New Mexico$52,130$25.06326
9Pennsylvania$51,738$24.871,891
10New York$57,021$27.411,867
11Tennessee$50,933$24.49901
12Arkansas$50,765$24.41409
13North Dakota$50,978$24.51145
14Wyoming$48,751$23.44144
15California$58,987$28.363,932
16Ohio$50,015$24.051,643
17Illinois$52,789$25.381,744
18Rhode Island$50,028$24.05211
19Arizona$48,724$23.431,397
20New Jersey$54,571$26.241,068
21West Virginia$51,455$24.74172
22New Hampshire$49,105$23.61322
23Texas$50,708$24.382,857
24Connecticut$50,018$24.05549
25Delaware$48,140$23.14249
26Vermont$47,492$22.83158
27Kentucky$48,414$23.28565
28Minnesota$50,866$24.45793
29North Carolina$50,708$24.38854
30Georgia$50,111$24.091,372
31Washington$51,603$24.81940
32Iowa$49,915$24.00155
33Nebraska$46,717$22.46407
34Missouri$47,101$22.641,070
35Kansas$49,035$23.57391
36Virginia$51,736$24.871,058
37Alaska$50,833$24.4481
38Oregon$46,863$22.53732
39Colorado$47,078$22.63986
40Nevada$43,499$20.91390
41Montana$33,406$16.06272
42District of Columbia$46,917$22.56200
43Oklahoma$40,931$19.68461
44Alabama$40,112$19.28659
45Hawaii$34,734$16.70146
46Florida$37,996$18.272,258
47South Carolina$34,041$16.37688
48Wisconsin$37,687$18.12694
49South Dakota$33,942$16.32153
50Indiana$37,185$17.88772
51Louisiana$33,690$16.20178

Highest Paying Cities For Special Agents

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Boston, MA$73,038$35.11
2Columbia, MD$63,484$30.52
3San Francisco, CA$60,635$29.15
4Detroit, MI$58,340$28.05
5New York, NY$57,075$27.44
6Jersey City, NJ$54,783$26.34
7Chicago, IL$53,059$25.51
8Salt Lake City, UT$53,047$25.50
9Olympia, WA$52,257$25.12
10Albuquerque, NM$52,220$25.11
11Philadelphia, PA$51,886$24.95
12Cleveland, OH$51,766$24.89
13Knoxville, TN$51,497$24.76
14Jackson, MS$50,916$24.48
15Minneapolis, MN$50,901$24.47

Special Agent Salary Details

Special Agent Salary

What is a Special Agent's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$61,000$5,083$29
75th Percentile$56,000$4,667$27
Average$50,622$4,219$24
25th Percentile$45,000$3,750$22
10th Percentile$41,000$3,417$20

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Officer$54,835$4,570$26.36114,267
Military Police Officer$41,412$3,451$19.91122,487
Deputy$54,633$4,553$26.2756,150
Police Officer$48,353$4,029$23.25116,287
Law Enforcement Officer$38,209$3,184$18.37105,817
Loss Prevention Analyst$39,803$3,317$19.1462,658

Which Companies Pay Special Agents The Most?

The highest paying companies for special agents are Loup Logistics and National Insurance Services according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Sempra Energy and Washington State University report highly competitive wages for special agents.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Loup Logistics$85,122$40.92
2National Insurance Services$80,523$38.714
3Sempra Energy$78,927$37.95
4Washington State University$62,589$30.09
5BNSF Railway$62,334$29.971
6Integral Consulting$62,275$29.942
7Pacific Architects and Engineers$62,165$29.8915
8Scoular$61,904$29.76
9U.s.government$61,721$29.67
10Prescient Edge$61,636$29.634
11Clark County$61,623$29.63
12State Bar of Michigan$59,267$28.49
13City of Baltimore$57,481$27.645
14United Ground Express$50,622$24.34
15State Of Illinois - Illinois Student Assistance Commission$50,622$24.34
16Wyoming$50,622$24.34
17Indiana State Police$50,622$24.34
18State of Arizona$50,622$24.34
19Indeavor$50,622$24.34
20BTS Software Solutions$50,622$24.34

Special Agent Salary Trends

Average Special Agent Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Special Agent Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$50,600$24.34+4.3%
    2021$48,400$23.28+1.5%
    2020$47,700$22.93+2.4%
    2019$46,600$22.39+2.3%
    2018$45,500$21.87+1.2%

    Recently Added Special Agent Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: Education/TeachingNewark, NJ06/02/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special AgentAtlanta, GA06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: Military/Law EnforcementSeattle, WA06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special AgentJacksonville, FL06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: Law/LegalHouston, TX06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: Military/Law EnforcementCleveland, OH06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: Education/TeachingPortland, OR06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: Education/TeachingSalt Lake City, UT06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special Agent: StemNew York, NY06/01/2022$66,991
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)FBI Special AgentBaltimore, MD06/01/2022$66,991

    Special Agent Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Special Agents the most?

    Massachusetts pays Special Agents the most in the United States, with an average salary of $73,090 per year, or $35.14 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Special Agent?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Special Agent if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Maryland you should be paid close to $63,427 per year.

    What type of Special Agent gets paid the most?

    Asset Protection Manager gets paid the most. Asset Protection Manager made a median salary of $80,802. The best-paid 10 percent make $110,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $59,000.

    How much does a special agent make a year?

    Special FBI agents make around $55,000 a year, on average. FBI agents are paid according to the General Schedule (GS) payscale and receive a generous FBI agent benefits package. They have the chance to continuously improve their skills and rise through the ranks while serving their country.

    How much money do special FBI agents make?

    Special FBI agents make an average salary of around $55,000 in a year. FBI agents are paid according to the General Schedule (GS) payscale and receive a generous FBI agent benefits package. They have the chance to continuously improve their skills and rise through the ranks while serving their country.

    What is the highest-paid FBI agent?

    The highest-paid FBI agents are supervisors FBI special agents. It is important to note that FBI agents are by no means wealthy, but they earn enough to live comfortably. They also can travel, qualify for promotions and develop their skills.

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