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Federal Law Enforcement Hiring: Your Complete Guide

Chris McConnell


Position: Special Agent

Where: Dipolmatic Service
Agency: Department of State

Diplomatic Security special agents are federal law enforcement officers who serve worldwide. Overseas, our special agents advise ambassadors on all security issues and coordinate all of a mission’s security programs. In the United States, agents investigate passport and visa fraud and protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries.

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Salary: $37,413 to $51,788. Once Special Agents have successfully completed their training, they become eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), which can equal up to 25 percent increase of the base salary.

Qualifications: You’ll need to be a U.S. Citizen and must be at least 21 years old but not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of their first day. Qualified candidates will also have previously registered with the Selective Service and successfully passed a background check and stringent medical exam, since they will be traveling so often.

Learn more about the Department of State website

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