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Special Agent

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OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for special agent applicants who come from a broad range of backgrounds, expertise, and professional experiences. Our mission-critical work requires unique skill sets and perspectives to conduct criminal and national security investigations.

Highlights

  • Average salary range of $78K to $153K, supervisors can earn more
  • Variety of career trajectories
  • Pension Plan and 401(k)
  • Eligible to retire after 20 years
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Position Overview

Special agents bring their skills, compassion, and integrity to stay ahead of threats, uphold the law, defend civil rights, and protect innocent people. They seek out cybercrime, infiltrate organized crime rings, and investigate terrorists. 

A day for an FBI special agent might entail surveilling a subject in the morning, tracking terrorists’ online social activity before lunch, testifying in court in the afternoon, and addressing a public forum on identity theft in the evening.

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Eligibility

The Special Agent Selection System (SASS) is a multi-step process designed to find individuals who will be successful in this job.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for the special agent position, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.

  • Be at least 23 years old.

  • Apply before your 36th birthday unless you have veteran's preference or federal law enforcement experience.*

  • Possess a valid driver's license.

  • Have a bachelor's degree and at least two years of full-time professional work experience, or have an advanced degree and at least one year of full-time professional work experience.

  • Meet our physical fitness requirements.

  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance.

  • Meet all other FBI Eligibility requirements.

*You must complete the SASS process and enter on duty no later than the day before your 37th birthday.

For more details, please review the FBI Eligibility document.

FBI Eligibility

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Physical Requirements

To ensure you are able to meet the physical requirements of this position, you will be required to provide medical documentation from your personal physician, show proof of required vaccinations, and complete additional medical examinations. You must also complete the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) several times throughout the process, which assesses your fitness levels through four main events:

  • A maximum number of continuous sit-ups in one minute.

  • A timed 300-meter sprint.

  • A maximum number of (untimed) continuous push-ups.

  • A timed 1.5-mile run.

​Those in the Tactical Recruitment Program will have a fifth event:

  • A maximum number of (untimed) continuous pull-ups.

PFT App

Whether you’re an aspiring special agent hoping to see if you have what it takes or a fitness enthusiast curious about the training, this mobile application will help you learn the benchmarks of our official PFT.

IOS (App Store)

Android (Google Play)

Physical Requirements

 

Hiring Process

The special agent position follows a specialized hiring process. Here's how it's done:

  1. Apply for a position

    Apply for the special agent position within the applicant portal.

  2. Complete Special Agent Selection System (SASS) process

    The SASS consists of multiple phases including comprehensive testing, a meet and greet, a writing assessment, a structured interview, and a physical fitness assessment.

  3. Conditional appointment offer

    Begin the background investigation and pass our physical fitness assessment.

  4. Basic Field Training Course (BFTC)

    Complete and graduate from the 16-week BFTC at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia in order to officially join the FBI as a special agent and be assigned to your first office. 

Hiring Process

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New Agent Training

It’s the job of the FBI Academy to get New Agent Trainees (NATs) ready to serve. You will spend 16 weeks with your peers building the foundation of becoming an agent and learning four major concentrations: academics, case exercises, firearms training, and operational skills.

You will be supported by your classmates—who become close friends and partners over the course of your time together—and by class supervisors, counselors, and instructors who challenge and uplift you.

Upon completion of the BFTC, you will be assigned to one of the 56 Field Offices located across the country. You will generally not be assigned to the same location in which your application was processed.

THE ACADEMY

Become A Special Agent

Our special agents have a range of backgrounds, education, and skill sets that collectively allow us to stay ahead of threats. Special agents have the drive and leadership skills to take on new challenges and protect their communities.

Salary and Benefits

We offer special agents a comprehensive suite of benefits that is comparable to, if not better than, the private sector.

Salary and Incentives

$78K - $153K

Average salary range; supervisory special agents can earn up to $170K.

EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT

Variety of impactful career experiences

STAY FIT AND HEALTHY

Three hours of paid time to exercise per week*

TRAVEL/WORK ABROAD

Opportunity for international assignments

RELOCATION BENEFITS

Relocation expenses are covered for your first assignment and most other transfers throughout your career

* Special agents are required to work 50 hours a week on average.

† Special agents will be relocated for their first assignment and will generally not be assigned to the same location in which their application was processed.

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Paid Time Off

13-26 DAYS

Annual Leave

11 DAYS

Federal Holidays

13 DAYS

Sick Leave

15 DAYS

Military Leave*

12 WEEKS

Parental Leave

* If you are in the military reserves, you can receive up to 15 days of paid leave each fiscal year to attend drill, annual reserve training, and other duties. You can carry over up to 15 military leave days into the next fiscal year.​

† Requires one year of government service.

Federal Leave

Benefits

401(k)

Up to 5% employer match

INSURANCE

Health and life insurance options

RETIRE AFTER 20 YEARS

Pension plan vested after 5 years*

EDUCATION

Opportunity to apply for student loan repayment, tuition reimbursement, and sabbatical programs

TRAINING

Opportunity to attend specialized training programs and obtain certifications

*Special agents can retire at any age with 25 years of service or with 20 years of service if at least age 50

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