Primary Function Duties and Responsibilities:
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. There are three phases within the career of a Special Agent:
A typical special agent career path, depending upon performance and promotions that affect individual assignments, begins with the first three to five years on the job assigned to a field office. Newly-appointed agents may be assigned to field offices anywhere in the United States. During Phase 1, Special Agents investigate violations of laws relating to financial crimes such as credit card and access device fraud, as well as computer-based attacks on the nation’s banking and telecommunications. They are also required to provide protection support for various protectees, as needed.
After their field experience, agents are usually transferred to a protective assignment where they will stay for four to six years. In the field of protection, Secret Service Special Agents protects our nation’s leaders, and develop and implement innovative strategies to mitigate threats against our protectees. They also plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events.
Following their protective assignment, many agents return to the field or transfer to a headquarters office, a training office or other Washington, D.C.-based assignment. During their careers, agents also have the opportunity to work overseas in one of the agency’s international field offices. This typically requires foreign language training to ensure language proficiency when working alongside the agency’s foreign law enforcement counterparts.
- Be a U.S. Citizen.
- Be at least 21 years of age at time of application and younger than 37 at the time of receipt of a conditional offer of employment to continue in the application process. Applicants with veterans’ preference must be at least 21 years of age and younger than 40 at the time of receipt of a conditional offer of employment to continue in the application process.
- Possess a current valid driver’s license.
- Qualify for the GL-07 level (specialized experience and/or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with superior academic achievement) or the GL-09 level (specialized experience and/or a master’s or equivalent graduate degree (such as LL.B. or J.D.) or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education).
- Have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 binocular; correctable to 20/20 in each eye (NOTE: Lasik, ALK, RK and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eyes surgeries for special agent applicants provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are the waiting periods before visual tests are conducted after the surgery: Lasik surgery–three months; PRK–six months; and ALK and RK–one year.) Applicants must meet the vision requirement at the time of application.
- Be in excellent health and physical condition.
- Pass a computer-based exam.
- Pass an Applicant Physical Abilities Test.
- Qualify for a Top Secret clearance and undergo a complete background investigation, to include in-depth interviews, drug screening, medical and polygraph examinations.
- 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.
- The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).
Starting Base Salary: $49,016 to $86,048 per year. Base salary may vary depending geographical location. In addition to the base salary, special agents receive Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) that provides an opportunity to receive up to an additional 25 percent of their annual base pay.