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Career Overview

U.S. Secret Service special agents and U.S. Secret Service uniformed officers protect the President, Vice President, their immediate families, and other public officials. Protection responsibility can also extend to foreign diplomats and leaders at times.

Secret Service special agents also investigate counterfeiting, forgery of Government checks or bonds, and fraudulent use of credit cards. The Secret Service is an arm of the Treasury Department.


Applicants for the position of Secret Service special agent must be less than 37 years of age when appointed. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or three years of work experience in the criminal investigations or law enforcement fields; or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

"Degrees in law enforcement, criminal justice accounting, foreign languages and computer science may be beneficial." There is also a qualifying exam: candidates must pass the Treasury Enforcement Agent Examination or the U.S. Marshal Enforcement Examination.

Current Employment

The Secret Service employs approximately 3,200 special agents, 1,300 Uniformed Division officers, and more than 2,000 other technical and administrative support personnel. They have field offices scattered around the country and overseas postings as well.

Job Outlook

New agents are added to the roster every year, but competition for these positions is high as it is with all federal law enforcement jobs.

Salary Range

Depending on education and experience, new agents enter service at:

GS-5 $35,938; or
GS-7   $41,621; or
GS-9   S47,359

These figures do not include substantial overtime pay that most agents accrue.

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