The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. During the course of their careers, special agents carry out assignments in both of these areas and must be available to be assigned to duty stations anywhere in the world.
The Secret Service protects:
The Secret Service investigates:
Steps to Becoming a Special Agent
Requirements and Qualifications
To be CONSIDERED you must:
Note: Lasik, ALK, RK and PRK are acceptable corrective eye surgeries for special agent applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the special agent position provided specific visual tests are passed three months after Lasik surgery and six months after all other surgeries.
To qualify at the GL-7 level you must:
Specialized experience is defined as assisting in:
Specialized experience is defined as independently:
Maximum Entry Age Restriction
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
Physical Fitness Evaluation
Applicants must pass a medical examination by an authorized government physician, which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities. In addition, applicants must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties.
Treasury Enforcement Agent (TEA) Test
Applicants must pass the Treasury Enforcement Agent examination and a report writing test.
If you have previously taken the Treasury Enforcement Agent exam (TEA) with another agency, you may submit a copy of your results to the Secret Service at the time of application along with the rest of your supplemental documentation. Determination will be made as to whether the rating score is valid and up to date.
Applicants must pass a series of in-depth interviews.
Top Secret Clearance
Applicants must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance. Applicants must pass a pre-employment polygraph examination, drug screening and extensive background investigation. Completion of a full investigation is required before appointment. Follow this link to learn more about the background investigation.
Initial appointment to the special agent position is normally made in the excepted service.
Pay and Work Schedule
Special agents are generally hired at the GL-7 or GL-9 grade levels depending on qualifications and education. Based on those grade levels and the assigned geographic area, the 2010 starting salary range is $43,964 - $74,891.
An additional 25% Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) will be added to locality pay. While assigned to field offices special agents are normally assigned to work a 40-hour (normal business) workweek (e.g., 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday. Due to the receipt of LEAP, special agents usually work an average of two additional hours per day. During certain assignment the hours worked by special agents will vary depending on the nature of these assignments, which include, but are not limited to, conducting criminal investigative and protective assignments and/or being assigned to a protective detail. Special agents are required to work hours other than normal business hours (e.g., 12 a.m.-8 a.m., 4 p.m.-12 a.m., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 6 a.m.-2 p.m., 2 p.m.-10 p.m., etc.) with the addition to 2 or more LEAP hours, on a daily basis.
Special agent trainees must successfully complete the 10 week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Basic Criminal Investigator Training program in Glynco, Georgia, and the 17-week Special Agent Basic Training program at the James J. Rowley Training Center outside Washington, D.C. Failure to pass either training program on the first attempt will result in separation from the United States Secret Service.
Newly appointed special agents, upon completion of training, are required to carry a firearm for the performance of their duties. Special agents will be required to maintain firearms proficiency.
Travel and Relocation
Newly appointed special agents may be assigned to duty stations anywhere in the United States. Throughout their careers, agents may experience frequent travel and reassignments to Secret Service offices located throughout the United States or liaison assignments in foreign countries. Candidates must sign a mobility agreement stating their willingness to accept assignments anywhere within the United States and overseas.
Conditions of Employment
Special agents will be required to carry out assignments in the areas of protection and investigations; work long hours in undesirable conditions on short notice; travel away from home for periods ranging from one to 30 days or longer. Additionally, special agents may be requested to work undercover assignments.
The special agent position is designated as a key position in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 1200.7.
BenefitsFederal employees are eligible to participate in the following benefits programs. More information about the benefits may be found by clicking on each program:
For More Information
If you have questions, please contact the Secret Service Recruitment Program at 202-406-5830, or TTY 202-406-5390.
How to ApplyTo view and apply for our vacancies please follow this link.
You may also call 888-813-8777 for a listing of our current vacancies.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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