The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for enforcing federal laws within the United States and conducts investigations into crimes such as kidnapping, bank robberies and terrorism. Supervisory special agents oversee special agents conducting investigations in the field and paid at a higher pay grade because of the increased responsibilities.
FBI special agents are paid on the Federal General Schedule (GS) for law enforcement officers. Supervisory agents are paid at the GS-14 and GS-15 pay grade. According to the Office of Personnel Management, as of 2011, agents at the GS-14 pay grade earn between $84,697 and $110,104 per year and agents at the GS-15 pay grade earn between $99,628 and $129,517 per year.
Special agents, including supervisors, frequently work more than 40 hours per week and may work irregular hours in the course of an investigation. Although agents do not receive overtime pay, the FBI compensates agents with availability pay. Agents receive 25 percent of their base pay as availability pay each month.
Cost of Living Pay
Supervisory special agents may be assigned to any of the FBI field offices throughout the United States. Agents receive locality pay to adjust salaries to account for the higher cost of living in some areas. For example, according to the Office of Personnel Management, locality pay for agents in New York, New York, receive 28.72 percent of base pay and agents in Los Angeles, California, receive 27.16 percent of base pay.
In addition to salary and extra pay, agents receive a complete benefits package from the FBI. The benefits package includes comprehensive health benefits, life insurance with the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program and paid holidays, sick leave and annual leave. The retirement plan for agents includes Federal Employees Retirement System, the Federal Thrift Savings Plan and Social Security. In addition, agents receive paid training throughout their career.