Agriculture Specialist Pay and Benefits
Agriculture Specialists are competitively rewarded for their time on the job. In addition to base salary, Agriculture Specialists may be eligible for locality pay, overtime pay, and more.
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- Salary: Your salary corresponds to your grade level, as quoted on USAJOBS.
- Overtime Pay: Earn up to 25% of your salary for time worked outside the 40 hour work week.
- Locality Pay: You may receive pay on top of your salary, depending on what county you work in. Explore Locality Pay Tables.
- Premium Pay: You may be eligible for premium pay for working on Sundays, holidays and night shifts.
- Cash Awards: Outstanding performers may receive cash awards as recognition for their superior efforts, funding permitting.
- Career Progression: CBP Agriculture Specialist is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-5, GS-7, GS-9, GS-11, and GS-12. For more information, see the Career Progression section below.
Want to learn what grade level you would qualify for? Review the Agriculture Specialist Qualification Aid.
Paid Time Off
CBP offers Agriculture Specialists substantial leave benefits and unique training opportunities, including:
13 to 26 days of annual leave accrued per year (variation based on years federal service)
11 federal holidays per year
Military reserve leave
13 days of sick leave accrued per year
Opportunities for paid training
Overview: The maximum amount of annual leave that you may carry over into the following year is 30 days. There is no limit to the amount of sick leave that you may accrue. For more details, visit the Benefits page.
Disabled Veteran Leave (Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015)
In accordance to the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-75, November 5, 2015), employees eligible under the Act are entitled to disabled veteran leave for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment for a service connected disability. View the Disabled Veteran Leave Fact Sheet for more information.
Being an Agriculture Specialist sets you up for long-term career success and rapid promotion potential. Agriculture Specialist is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-5, GS-7, GS-9, GS-11, and GS-12. Agriculture Specialists are eligible for a non-competitive promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete one year in each grade level, with supervisor approval.
At the GS-13 level and beyond, you compete for positions and are promoted based on merit. Each movement on the career ladder brings a significant pay boost.
Entry Level: Entry level positions consist of the GS-5, GS-7, and GS-9 positions that you can apply to on USAJOBs.
Journeyman: As you progress to the journeyman positions, you typically gain responsibilities, learn new duties, and are held accountable to higher performance standards. Promotion up to the GS-12 level is non-competitive, meaning you are eligible for promotion every year, with supervisor approval.
Supervisory: At the supervisory level, you become responsible to lead others and accept more responsibility. Leadership can be challenging but also very rewarding.
Executive: Beyond the GS-15 level is the Senior Executive Service (SES), which makes up CBP’s executive leadership. SES typically make organizational decisions, provide vision for the organization, and interact with Congress and other executive external stakeholders.
Staff health is of the utmost importance to CBP. CBP Officers are eligible to choose from a variety of premium federal health insurance programs. Programs available include:
- Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
- Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
- Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)
- Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)
Note that you may be eligible to keep your health insurance in retirement and pay the same subsidized premium as you did as an employee. Learn more about the continued health insurance benefits for you and your family in retirement.
A keystone of financial planning is making sure that your family and loved ones are taken care of financially, even after your death. CBP offers several federal life insurance programs to help you achieve your financial planning goals. Federal Life Insurance Programs available to officers include:
Employees that retire from CBP can count on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to enjoy life after working. FERS includes the following three streams of income:
1. Thrift Savings Plan: Similar to a 401(k) plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a defined contribution plan designed to give federal employees the same retirement savings related benefits that workers in the private sector enjoy with 401(k) plans. Contributions to the plan are automatically deducted from each paycheck, the amount which is chosen by employees, and is transferable if you change employers. An additional benefit to the TSP is employer matching contributions; up to 5% of your base salary. Learn more.
2. FERS Basic Annuity under special provisions: CBP Officers that serve in federal government with at least 20 years of law enforcement service are eligible for the generous FERS basic annuity. This guaranteed lifetime pension, paid to retirees is a percentage of your highest average basic pay you earned during any 3 consecutive years of service. Learn more.
3. Social Security: You receive social security retirement payments, the benefits of which are transferable when you change employers. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits.
- Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): The TAP reimburses CBP federal employees for off-duty post-secondary education costs of tuition, fees, and books. Employees may apply for benefits up to $1,500 per course and $4,500 per calendar year for professional certification or for any two- or four-year degree. This includes all degrees – associates, bachelors, masters, doctorates.