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FBI Agent

Career Overview

The FBI covers a remarkable array of law enforcement roles and they recruit accordingly. According to the Agency job description, FBI Agents work on "matters including terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, cyber crime, organized crime, white-collar crime, public corruption, civil rights violations, financial crime, bribery, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, air piracy, interstate criminal activity, fugitive and drug-trafficking matters."


An applicant for FBI Agent must have a four year degree from an accredited school. The agency recruits through one of five entry programs: Accounting, Computer Science/IT, Language, Law, and an "other" category called Diversified. Once qualified for an entry program, potential agents are classified into specialties as follows:

• Accounting
• Finance
• Computer Science/Information Technology Expertise
• Engineering Expertise
• Foreign Language(s) Proficiency
• Intelligence Experience
• Law Experience
• Law Enforcement/Investigative Experience
• Military Experience
• Physical Sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) Expertise
• Diversified Experience

Current Employment

There are approximately 14,000 FBI agents in the field and another 17,000 FBI employees that are support staff.

Job Outlook

The FBI is constantly recruiting because of its stringent requirements, and because the agency has a mandatory retirement rule after twenty years of service. You must be between 23 and 37 years of age to become an FBI agent.

Salary Range

FBI agents enter service as GS-10: base salary of $48,159, but becomes $60,199 a year with "availability pay," an overtime role.

Experienced non-supervisory agents can advance to GS-13 at a base salary of $75,414; $94,268 with availability pay.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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