Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations, as a
special agent will allow you to perform critical protective and
investigative assignments. The special agent position starts at a
salary of $49,508 (GL-07, step 1), with promotion potential to
$146,120 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret
Service click here.
This position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay
(LEAP) and additional compensation of 25% of the base salary will
be added to locality pay.
Learn more about this agency
During the course of their careers, special agents carry out
assignments in both investigations and protection and may be
assigned to multiple duty stations throughout the U.S. and abroad.
- Providing protection for various protectees.
- Conducting criminal investigations pertaining to financial
obligations of the United States.
- Planning and implementing security designs for National Special
25% or less - Travel is required.
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. citizenship is required
- Possess a current valid driver's license
Conditions of Employment you will be required to:
- Possess uncorrected visual acuity of no worse than 20/100
binocular. Possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in
each eye. (Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries
are acceptable eye surgeries for Special Agent applicants.
Applicants will be considered eligible for the Special Agent
position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following
are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-2 months after surgery,
PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after
- Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 25
decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500,
1000, and 2000 Hz ranges.
- Be at least age 21 at the time of application and less than age
37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment,
unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian Law
Enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or
firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory
retirement. Applicants with veteran's preference must receive a
conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to
continue in the application process.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug
testing while you occupy the position. Disclose any prior drug use,
attempted use, and/or experimentation.
- Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is
mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any
time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic
violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was
expunged or set aside.
- Complete 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA and 16 weeks of
specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in
Laurel, MD. Failure to pass the training program on the first
attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service.
- Sign a mobility agreement stating your willingness to accept
assignments anywhere within the United States and overseas.
- Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service
System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male
applicant born after December 31, 1959.
- Be appointed to this position under an excepted appointment
which is limited to 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this
period, you will either be converted to career status or separated
based on the expiration of the appointment.
You qualify for the GL-07 Level (starting salary $49,508) if you
possess one of the following: A bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university with superior academic achievement
(S.A.A.)which is based on class standing, grade-point average, or
honor society membership. For more information on S.A.A. please
click here. OR At least one full year of graduate level education
(i.e. 18 semester hours). OR at least 1 year of specialized
experience in, or related to, the investigative methods, protective
methods, and law enforcement techniques that provided the specific
competencies to successfully perform the position's duties.
Experience includes the exercising of initiative, attention to
detail, and judgment in collecting, assembling and developing
facts, evidence or other pertinent data; the ability to analyze and
evaluate data or evidence to arrive at sound conclusions including
applying new information; OR the ability to partner with or lead
others in the accomplishment of mission activities.
You qualify for the GL-09 Level (starting salary $55,214) if you
possess one of the following: A master's or equivalent graduate
degree (such as LL.B. or J.D.) or two full years of progressively
higher level graduate education, in a related field, leading to
such a degree from an accredited college or university; OR have at
least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-7 level
which is defined as experience writing technical or non-technical
documents to communicate information to others within and outside a
professional or academic setting; gathering information, performing
analyses, summarizing results, identifying problem areas and
proposing and implementing solutions; taking responsibility for own
actions and those of team members to ensure the goals and deadlines
for the team are met; and leading meeting or seminars on behalf of
a work or academic group, presenting complex material, and
responding effectively to questions from audience members;
analyzing intelligence or investigative information; OR A
combination of specialized experience, as described above, and
related graduate level education, beyond the first full year of
graduate level study.
You qualify for the GS-11 Level (Starting salary $64,649) if you
possess one of the following: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree,
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to such a degree, or LL.M., or if related Have at least 1
year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-9 level which
is defined as experience in, or related to planning and conducting
complex criminal investigations to determine violations of Federal
laws and regulations; collecting and assembling facts, bringing the
investigation to a logical conclusion; gathering, analyzing, and
evaluating evidence; conducts interviews and interrogations; makes
arrests; conducts searches and seizures; taking responsibility for
own actions and those of team members to ensure the goals and
deadlines for the team are met; and, prepares comprehensive oral
and written briefings for personnel inside and outside of the
organization, OR A combination of specialized experience, as
described above, and related graduate level education, beyond the
first full year of doctoral level study .
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to
ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirement at the GL-7
This is an open continuous announcement. The first cut-off date
for consideration of applicants will be February 5, 2021.
Thereafter, the cut-off for applications received will be every
Friday of each month until the job opportunity announcement
Applicants must successfully complete Phase 1 and pass required
assessments (see below) to be certified. In addition, applicants
must successfully complete Phase II (see below) to receive final
consideration for employment.
- Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE);
- May be subject to an Applicant Physical Abilities Test;
- Review Panel (Final Grade Determination);
- Conditional Job Offer; and
- Credit check
- Security Interview;
- Polygraph examination;
- May be subject to a Psychological assessment;
- Medical examination; and
- Background investigation (a top secret security clearance)
To view the entire application process, please click here, and
click on the red arrow to move through the process.
The Secret Service follows stringent guidelines relating to
illegal drug usage. An applicant's history is reviewed and a
determination for employment is made according to our guidelines.
For more information regarding the U.S. Secret Service drug
guidelines please click here. Qualified applicants will only be
referred at the highest grade level for which they qualify.
Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive
awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points
will be assigned.
This job does not have an education qualification