Diplomatic Security Special Agent Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

The starting salary range for FP-06 grade diplomatic security special agents is $41,336 to $55,552 per year depending on their qualifications, the location they're assigned to, and related specialized experience. Once all training has been successfully completed, special agents are eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), with is equal to a 25% increase of their base salary.

Good performance earns agents automatic grade and pay increases during the first 3 years on the job. Thereafter, promotions are competitive and based only on the recommendations of appointed selection panels.

An agents benefits package includes:
  • Thrift Savings Plan (equivalents to 401(K) with Government matching)
  • Health Benefits Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP)
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Annual Vacation Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Career Counseling and Development
  • Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Ten Paid Holidays Per Year
  • Cost of living allowance
  • Child Care Centers (Domestic only)
  • Child Care Subsidy (based on income)
  • Credit Union, Fitness Facility and More
  • Employee Consultation Service
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Recognition through our Incentive Awards Program
  • Employee Recreation Association
  • Extensive Training Opportunities through our Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
  • Moving expenses for assignments
  • Flexible Work Hours (alternative work schedules)
  • Global Career Mobility Opportunities (if desired)
  • Managerial and Leadership Development
  • MetroChek Transit Subsidy
  • Shuttle Bus Service to State Annexes
  • Periodic Performance-Based Pay Adjustments (within grade/step increases)
  • Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
  • Workers' Compensation Coverage for Work-Related Injuries/Conditions
  • Government-provided quarters or housing allowance overseas
  • Salary Determination
  • Home leave to the United States between overseas assignments
  • Rest and recuperation leave, with transportation partially reimbursed, when agents and their dependents are assigned to designated hardship posts
  • Educational allowance for dependents under certain circumstances
  • Danger pay at designated posts

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

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