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Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent yearly salaries in the United States

Salary estimated from 3 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.
85% Above national average
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Very demanding and very rewarding at the same time (Special Agent)
A career at the DEA as a Special Agent will make great demands on both you and your family, however, also offers very rewarding work and a very good salary. If you are looking for a 9-5 job, look elsewhere. This job demands a lot. Your schedule will change on the drop of a dime and is constantly in flux based on the constantly changing demands of investigations. You operate as a team, so late nights and early mornings are often as a result of other's investigations rather than your own. You need to be prepared for this. That said, during my 21 year career, I enjoyed a camaraderie with my coworkers you will not find outside a law enforcement or war-time military career. If you are ready for work to be a big part of your daily life, this is a career you will enjoy.
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Best law enforcement job in the world
Working as a DEA Agent was a true honor. I learn not only about law enforcement on the federal level, but internationally as well. Working in an overseas environment prepared me for diplomatic situations as well as a the use of a second language.
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Travel, salary, experience and work atmosphere
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Long hours
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Awesome Job
Awesome Job. Would not want to have worked anywhere else in my career. Fantastic pay and benefits. Worked overseas and domestically. Federal Agent is the way to go.
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How much does a Special Agent make at Drug Enforcement Administration in the United States?

Average Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent yearly pay in the United States is approximately $124,183, which is 85% above the national average.
Salary information comes from 3 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.
Please note that all salary figures are approximations based upon third party submissions to Indeed. These figures are given to the Indeed users for the purpose of generalized comparison only. Minimum wage may differ by jurisdiction and you should consult the employer for actual salary figures.