DEA Agent Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

Special agents beginning their career with the DEA usually start at the GS-7 or GS-9 level (depending on education and experience) and earn between $35,369-$49,729 annually for GS-7 level, or between $39,448-$55,905 annually for GS-9 level. Again, experience and education can greatly affect starting salaries. The salary includes locality pay (depending on your station) plus federal Law Enforcement Officer base pay. Upon successful graduation from the DEA Training Academy 25% Availability Pay will be added to your base and locality pay. After approximately four years of successful service DEA Agents become eligible to advance to the GS-13 level and can earn over $90,000 or more per year.

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,,

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