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How much do FBI agents make?

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FBI agents make annual base salaries of between $53,000 and $110,000 and have the potential to earn incentive pay in the forms of availability, locality and performance bonuses, as of November 2014. They get substantial fringe benefits, including excellent medical benefits, two to four weeks of paid vacation and sick leave per year, life insurance, retirement plan eligibility after 20 years of service, and free work-related public transportation.

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While attending the FBI's training academy in Quantico, Va., agents-in-training are paid a $53,000 per year salary, as of November 2014. Upon graduation from the academy, full-fledged agents have a starting salary of between $65,000 and $75,000 per year. Some agents earn up to 25 percent of their base salary in additional availability pay, compensation for agents who are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Locality pay of between 12.5 and 29 percent of their base salary is made to agents assigned to field offices in cities with high costs of living, such as New York City or San Francisco. Increases in base salary are based on length of service and rank. FBI agents work in several capacities, such as criminal investigation, cyber-crimes investigation and counter terrorism. FBI agents have access to lucrative opportunities after retirement, including private investigation.

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