Pay and Benefits
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CBP benefit plans are designed to ensure the health, satisfaction, and peace of mind for every member of our team as they contribute their knowledge and skills to helping us serve our mission.
Agents are competitively rewarded for their time on the job. In addition to base pay, agents may be eligible for locality pay, overtime pay, and more.
- Salary: You receive a salary that corresponds to your grade level. This salary is the number quoted on USAJOBS.
- Overtime Pay: Earn up to 25% of your salary and locality pay 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 within. Navigate the different locality pay tables.
- Premium Pay: You may be eligible to 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).
More on Salary: Border Patrol Agent is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-5, GL-7, GL-9, GS-11, and GS-12. You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete one year in each grade level, with supervisor approval. For example if you started as a BPA in December 2019 you could:
- Start as a BPA in June 2020 as a GL-7 and make $49,016 - $77,484 per year
- Be promoted in June 2021 to GL-9 and make $54,668 - $88,176 per year
- Be promoted in June 2022 to GS-11 and make $64,009 - $104,012 per year
- Be promoted in June 2023 to GS-12 and make $76,721 - $124,676 per year
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Want to learn what grade level you would enter at? Review the grade level qualifications on our resume guide
Paid Time Off
CBP offers substantial leave benefits and unique training opportunities to reward and reinvest in its employees. Below is a summary of paid time off from the job:
13 to 26 days of annual leave accrued per year (variation based on years of Federal service)
10 Federal holidays per year
15 days of military reserve leave
13 days of sick leave accrued per year
Opportunities for paid training
Additional Leave Information: 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 detailed leave accrual information, visit the Benefits webpage.
Disabled Veteran Leave (Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015)
Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-75, November 5, 2015), an employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to up to 104 hours of disabled veteran leave for the purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability.
An eligible employee will receive the appropriate amount of disabled veteran leave as of the employee’s “first day of employment,” as defined below. Disabled veteran leave is a one-time benefit provided to an eligible employee. The employee will have a single, continuous 12-month eligibility period, beginning on the “first day of employment” in which to use the leave or it will be forfeited with no opportunity to carry over the leave into subsequent years. An employee may not receive a lump-sum payment for any unused or forfeited leave under any circumstance.
For complete details about the new Disabled Veteran Leave entitlement, see the Disabled Veteran Leave Fact Sheet on OPM’s website.
Being an agent at CBP sets you up for long-term career success and rapid promotion potential. Border Patrol Agent is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-5, GL-7, GL-9, GS-11, and GS-12. Border Patrol Agents 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.
Staff health is of the utmost importance to CBP. Agents 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 agents 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 about the Thrift Savings Plan.
2. FERS Basic Annuity under special provisions: Border Patrol Agents 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 about FERS basic annuity.
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.
Law Enforcement 6(c) Retirement Coverage: Being in a frontline position at CBP qualifies you for 6(c) retirement coverage. What does that mean? 6(c) retirement coverage means you can retire at any age after 25 years of service or at age 50 with at least 20 years of service. 6(c) eligibility is a factor for determining your FERS basic annuity.