Criminal Investigator Job

Vacancy No. SA-SB004-23 Department U.S. Secret Service
Salary $52,921.00 to $111,157.00 Grade 07 to 11
Perm/Temp Temporary FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 4/29/2023 Close Date 9/30/2023
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Anchorage, AKBirmingham, ALMobile, ALPhoenix, AZ
Tucson, AZLittle Rock, ARLos Angeles, CARiverside, CA
Sacramento, CASan Diego, CASan Francisco, CASan Jose, CA
Santa Ana, CAVentura, CAFresno, CADenver, CO
Albany, GAAtlanta, GAJacksonville, FLTallahassee, FL
Tampa, FLWest Palm Beach, FLMiami, FLOrlando, FL
Wilmington, DEWashingtonSavannah, GAHonolulu, HI
ChicagoBoise, IDSpringfield, ILIndianapolis, IN
Des Moines, IAWichita, KSNewark, NJBaltimore
Melville, NYLexington, KYLouisville, KYBillings, MT
Omaha, NEScranton, PASyracuse, NYSaginaw, MI
Trenton, NJPortland, MENew OrleansBaton Rouge, LA
Las Vegas, NVReno, NVNew York, NYDetroit
PhiladelphiaPittsburghAtlantic City, NJBoston
Manchester, NHTulsa, OKGrand Rapids, MIJackson, MS
Kansas City, MOCincinnati, OHCleveland, OHColumbus, OH
Dayton, OHPortland, ORAlbuquerque, NMRochester, NY
MinneapolisSaint Louis, MOHarrisburg, PARichmond, VA
Burlington, VTWhite Plains, NYChattanooga, TNColumbia, SC
Greenville, SCAustin, TXWilmington, NCCharleston, WV
El Paso, TXSan Antonio, TXMadison, WICharlotte, NC
Knoxville, TNMemphis, TNNashville, TNQueens County, NY
Albany, NYWaco, TXHouston, TXBuffalo, NY
Greensboro, NCLubbock, TXMcAllen, TXSeattle, WA
Providence, RIToledo, OHSioux Falls, SDSalt Lake City, UT
Norfolk, VASpokane, WADallasRaleigh, NC
Milwaukee, WISan Juan, PRTyler, TXCharleston, SC
Montgomery, ALNew Haven, CTFort Myers, FLOklahoma City, OK

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


Joining the Secret Service as a Special Agent will allow you to perform critical protective and investigative assignments. The special agent position starts at a salary of $52,921 (GL-07, step 1), with promotion potential to $158,432 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

This position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and additional compensation of 25% of the base salary will be added to locality pay.

This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

If you do not report to take the Special Agency Entrance Examination (SAEE), or you fail the exam, there is a three-month waiting period before you can reapply and retest. **The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal employees pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of three categories, Qualified, Well Qualified, and Best Qualified, based on your experience, education, training and competencies. You will receive a conditional job offer if you are determined Best Qualified for a grade level.

 You will automatically be considered for all grade levels to maximize your consideration for this position.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are: 

  • Ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and can be trusted in all work situations; chooses an ethical course of action and does the right thing, even in the face of opposition; encourages others to behave accordingly.
  • Ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress or dangerous situations; remains calm, even-tempered, and in control of emotions as appropriate for the situation.
  • Skill in demonstrating good judgment by making sound, timely and well-informed decisions without deferring actions when decisions need to be made; considers the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action and follows through on decisions.
  • Ability to identify problems, determine underlying issues and potential causes and generate and evaluate alternatives to arrive at and implement an effective solution.
  • Ability to demonstrate fairness, professionalism and tact when interacting with others; understands and interacts effectively with a variety of people to include those who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; adjusts interpersonal style as needed to interact with differing individuals.
Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. For information on veterans' preference please click here.
Your on-line application will be rated on the extent, quality, and relevance of the following: your experience, education and training, and competencies. All applicants are evaluated on competencies related to law enforcement methods and techniques, protective methods and techniques, investigative methods and techniques, initiative, problem solving, attention to detail, learning, partnering, planning and organizing, and leadership. All answers in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review your resume and transcripts need to support your answer choices.  Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or on the application questionnaire may result in your removal for consideration. 

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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.