According to the Central Intelligence Agency, the average salary of a CIA agent as of 2014 is between $74,872 and $136,771 annually. CIA agents work many hours with lots of overtime and must be willing to be placed in dangerous situations.
The minimum requirements for a CIA agent include a bachelor’s degree with at least three years of criminal investigation work. The applicant must complete a criminal investigator training program and must possess extensive knowledge of criminal and administrative investigation techniques and procedures. A potential agent should also have considerable negotiation skills, be discreet and be diplomatic.