ATF Agent Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

ATF agents begin their careers usually at the GS-5 or GS-7 level. Agents at the GS-5 level usually make between $28,349-36,856 annually while agents at the GS-7 level make between $35,116-48,648 annually. Most agents ATF agents are eligible for yearly promotions up to the GS-13 level. To begin a career at a GS-5 level, a applicant must possess a bachelor's degree. To begin at a GS-7 level, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate study.

Benefits
  • Annual vacation time is earned at the rate of 13-26 days per year, with a maximum accumulation of 240 hours per year.
  • Sick leave is earned at the rate of 13 days per year and may be accumulated without limit.
  • Paid holidays.
  • Low cost life insurance plans.
  • Low cost health insurance with the option to choose from a variety of different health plans.
  • Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) benefits. ATF agents are allowed to retire at 50 with 20 years of service. Age 57 is the mandatory retirement age, with a minimum of 20 years of service.
  • Physical fitness program.
  • Tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
Locality Pay

ATF agents qualify for locality pay. ATF agents receive a percentage of their base salary, depending upon their locations. The current range of locality pay is 14.16% to 35.15%.

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP)

Because of the demanding work load and long hours worked, ATF agents usually receive the 25% Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is added to locality pay.

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, Salary.com



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