Special agents in charge are the leaders of specially formed federal teams. They are generally found at the head of criminal investigation teams. Special agents in charge require vast training and years of experience. The market outlook for chief special agents is expected to grow about as fast as average. The salaries for these special agents are largely based on rank and seniority.
Special agents in charge are team leaders of specific divisions and departments. These federal team leaders are tasked with objectives such as coordinating efforts with local law enforcement, conducting on-job-training and overseeing other special agents. Special agents in charge can be found within the FBI, the DEA, the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies. Special agents must pass stringent background tests before being offered a position.
Low Salary Range Factors
The salary range for special agents in charge can vary significantly. Among the primary influencing factors are experience, pay grade and location. A lower-end salary for a special agent in charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a pay grade of GS-9 working in Alaska is $48,404, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Special agents in charge generally have college degrees and significant field experience.
High Salary Range Factors
The pay at the higher end of the salary range for special agents in charge can be . The increasing factors consist of organization, rank and seniority. For example, an FBI special agent in charge for the criminal division for a major city with a pay grade of GS-13, Step 10, can earn more than $118,000 according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Job and Salary Forecast
The market outlook for these supervisory federal agents is favorable for qualified individuals. Employment is expected to grow 10 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Special agents in charge can enhance the demand for their services by gaining relevant field experience and achieving higher pay grades within their organizations. As organized criminal activities continue to increase, the demand for special agents in charge will continue to grow.
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Salaries & Wages
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: Special Agents
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: Careers
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Office of Law Enforcement, Special Agents
- Department of the Interior: Special Agent, Criminal Investigator (Series 1811)
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Salary Table 2011-GS
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