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Special Agent


We are looking for special agent applicants who come from a broad range of backgrounds, expertise, and professional experiences. Our mission-critical work requires unique skill sets and perspectives to conduct criminal and national security investigations.


  • Average new agent salary range of $81K to $129K, supervisors can earn more
  • Variety of career trajectories
  • Pension Plan and 401(k)
  • Eligible to retire after 20 years
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Special agents bring their skills, compassion, and integrity to stay ahead of threats, uphold the law, defend civil rights, and protect innocent people. They seek out cybercrime, infiltrate organized crime rings, and investigate terrorists. 

A day for an FBI special agent might entail surveilling a subject in the morning, tracking terrorists’ online social activity before lunch, testifying in court in the afternoon, and addressing a public forum on identity theft in the evening.

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We designed a multi-step process known as the Special Agent Selection System (SASS) to find individuals who will be successful in this job.

Special Agents must meet all FBI Eligibility requirements and the specified requirements listed below:

FBI Eligibility

Please note that if you do not meet any of the requirements listed, you are not eligible for employment with the FBI.

To be eligible for employment, you must adhere to the following guidelines prior to application consideration:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Public record must be in good standing with no felony convictions
  • Adherence with FBI drug policy
  • Pass urinalysis and background investigation
  • Student loan repayments must be in good standing
  • Filed all required annual federal, state, and local taxes
  • Current on court ordered child support payments
  • No engagement with organizations designed to overthrow the U.S. government
  • Register with the Selective Service System (for applicants who were assigned male at birth only, exceptions apply)

        Selective Service System

Of the requirements, these are critical:

  • Have not used marijuana or cannabis in any form (natural or synthetic) and in any location (domestic or foreign) within the one (1) year preceding the date of their application for employment.
  • Have not used any illegal drug within last ten (10) years preceding the date of the application for employment. Additionally, candidates cannot have sold, distributed, manufactured, or transported any illegal drug or controlled substance without legal authorization.

Special Agent Eligibility

  • Be at least 23 years old.
  • Apply before your 36th birthday unless you have veteran’s preference or federal law enforcement experience. You must complete the SASS process and enter on duty no later than the day before your 37th birthday.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of full-time professional work experience, or have an advanced degree and at least one year of full-time professional work experience.
  • Meet our physical fitness requirements.
  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance.

For more details, please review the FBI Eligibility document.

FBI Eligibility

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Physical Requirements

To ensure you are able to meet the physical requirements of this position, you must:

  • Provide medical documentation from your personal physician.
  • Show proof of required vaccinations.
  • Complete additional medical examinations.

You may be required to complete the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) several times throughout the process, which assesses your fitness levels through four main events:  

  • A maximum number of continuous sit-ups in one minute
  • A timed 300-meter sprint
  • A maximum number of (untimed) continuous push-ups
  • A timed 1.5-mile run

​Those in the Tactical Recruitment Program have a fifth event:

  • A maximum number of (untimed) continuous pull-ups.


Whether you’re an aspiring special agent hoping to see if you have what it takes or a fitness enthusiast curious about the training, this mobile application will help you learn the benchmarks of our official PFT.

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Android (Google Play)

Physical Requirements



Hiring Process

The special agent position follows a specialized hiring process. Here's how it's done:

  1. Apply for a position

    Apply for the special agent position within the applicant portal.

  2. Complete Special Agent Selection System (SASS) Process

    The SASS consists of an information session and comprehensive assessments, including a written exam and physical fitness evaluation.

  3. Conditional appointment offer

    Begin the background investigation and pass our physical fitness assessment.

  4. Basic Field Training Course (BFTC)

    Complete and graduate from the 18-week BFTC at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia in order to officially join the FBI as a special agent and be assigned to your first office. 

Hiring Process

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New Agent Training

It’s the job of the FBI Academy to get New Agent Trainees (NATs) ready to serve. During training, you spend 18 weeks with your peers building the foundation of becoming an agent and learning four major concentrations: academics, case exercises, firearms training, and operational skills.

Classmates support you and become your close friends and partners over the course of your time together. Class supervisors, counselors, and instructors challenge and uplift you.

Upon completion of the BFTC, you are assigned to one of the 56 Field Offices located across the country. You will generally not be assigned to the same location in which your application was processed.


Become A Special Agent

Our special agents have a range of backgrounds, education, and skill sets that collectively allow us to stay ahead of threats. Special agents have the drive and leadership skills to take on new challenges and protect their communities.


Salary and Benefits

We offer special agents a comprehensive suite of benefits that is comparable to, if not better than, the private sector.

Salary and Incentives

$81K - $129K

Average new special agent salary range. Supervisory special agents can earn more.


Variety of impactful career experiences


Dedicated time for exercise every week*


Opportunity for international assignments


Relocation expenses are covered for your first assignment and most other transfers throughout your career

* Special agents are required to work 50 hours a week on average.

† Special agents are relocated for their first assignment and are generally not be assigned to the same location from where their application was processed.

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Paid Time Off

13-26 DAYS

Annual Leave


Federal Holidays


Sick Leave


Military Leave*


Parental Leave

* If you are in the military reserves, you can receive up to 15 days of paid leave each fiscal year to attend drill, annual reserve training, and other duties. You can carry over up to 15 military leave days into the next fiscal year.​

† Requires one year of government service.

Federal Leave



Up to 5% employer match


Health and life insurance options


Pension plan vested after 5 years*


Opportunity to apply for student loan repayment, tuition reimbursement, and sabbatical programs


Opportunity to attend specialized training programs and obtain certifications

*Special agents can retire at any age with 25 years of service or with 20 years of service if at least age 50



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