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Secret Service Special Agents


Secret Service special agents are employed by the U.S. Secret Service, part of the Department of Homeland Security. Secret Service agents work to protect the president and other political leaders of the United States, as well as heads of foreign states or governments when they are visiting the United States. Special agents also investigate financial crimes. The U.S. Secret Service employs about 6,500 people, about 3,200 of whom are special agents.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Special Agent in Charge of a Field Office or Headquarters Division

Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge

Resident Agent in Charge of a District

Senior Special Agent

Entry-Level Secret Service Special Agent

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