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Special Agent yearly salaries in the United States at Drug Enforcement Administration

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Average salary
$117,144 per year
Above national average
Average $117,144
Low $78,372
High $175,098

Salary estimated from 4 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

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Great place to work and great people

Really enjoy my job and all of the opportunities and accomplishments it's afforded me. Lots of great training opportunities at Quantico and other stand alone training facilities. Doing very important work all around the country.


Important work with great people and benefits


Sometime HQ can be frustrating to deal with
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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.


Travel, salary, experience and work atmosphere


Long hours
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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 $117,144, which is 69% above the national average.

Salary information comes from 4 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.

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