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Special Agent Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$55,000
$45,000
$55,000
$68,000
Special agents in the United States make an average salary of $55,734 per year or $26.8 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $45,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $68,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut provide the highest special agent salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Salem, MA
$84,337
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Map of Special Agent Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Special Agent Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New Jersey, Delaware and New York, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for special agents. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Arizona, Idaho, and New Mexico.

City
Average Salary
Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA
$85,939
$86k
Salem, MA
Salem, MA
$84,337
$84k
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, NY
$79,200
$79k
Greenfield, WI
Greenfield, WI
$78,431
$78k
San Juan, TX
San Juan, TX
$77,848
$78k
Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
$77,639
$78k
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
$75,772
$76k
Apple Valley, MN
Apple Valley, MN
$75,746
$76k
Anchorage, AK
Anchorage, AK
$75,513
$76k
Bessemer, AL
Bessemer, AL
$74,593
$75k

High Paying Special Agent Jobs

Average Special Agent Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a special agent, working for CACI International or State of Arizona might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Tennessee Valley Authority and BNSF Railway report highly competitive salaries for special agents.

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Special Agent Salary History

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    Average Special Agent Pay By Industry

    Special agent salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with health care, retail, and non profits companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a special agent can make a yearly salary of $62,060 while working for health care companies. All the while, other special agents are making $59,516 at retail companies and $59,245 at non profits companies. One industry special agents may want to avoid is the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $54,616.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $62,060
    $62k
    Retail
    Retail
    $59,516
    $60k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $59,245
    $59k
    Professional
    Professional
    $55,306
    $55k
    Government
    Government
    $54,616
    $55k

    Recently Added Special Agent Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Special Agent-Centralia/
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    Centralia, WA
    Centralia, WA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $68,040
    $68,040
    10/30/2020
    Force Investigations Unit-Special Agent Senior
    Force Investigations Unit-Special Agent Senior
    Nore, MN
    Nore, MN
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $71,806
    $71,806
    10/26/2020
    Special Agent
    Special Agent
    Cope, SC
    Cope, SC
    10/21/2020
    10/21/2020
    $40,759
    $40,759
    10/21/2020
    Special Agent
    Special Agent
    Centralia, WA
    Centralia, WA
    09/17/2020
    09/17/2020
    $68,040
    $68,040
    09/17/2020
    Special Agent-Fusion Center
    Special Agent-Fusion Center
    Cope, SC
    Cope, SC
    09/16/2020
    09/16/2020
    $40,759
    $40,759
    09/16/2020
    Special Agent-Vice/Aeu
    Special Agent-Vice/Aeu
    Cope, SC
    Cope, SC
    08/28/2020
    08/28/2020
    $40,759
    $40,759
    08/28/2020
    State of Virginia
    State of Virginia
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    Enon, VA
    Enon, VA
    08/23/2020
    08/23/2020
    $45,210
    $45,210
    08/23/2020
    Special Agent-Child Fatality
    Special Agent-Child Fatality
    Cope, SC
    Cope, SC
    07/23/2020
    07/23/2020
    $40,759
    $40,759
    07/23/2020
    Predatory Crimes-Special Agent
    Predatory Crimes-Special Agent
    Saint Paul, MN
    Saint Paul, MN
    07/22/2020
    07/22/2020
    $67,672
    $67,672
    07/22/2020
    State of Washington
    State of Washington
    Special Agent
    Special Agent
    Special Agent
    Olympia, WA
    Olympia, WA
    06/25/2020
    06/25/2020
    $55,116
    $55,116
    06/25/2020