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Customs and Border Protection is Hiring Officers to Serve in Philadelphia

Release Date
Fri, 05/31/2019

PHILADELPHIA – If you were considering a career as a federal law enforcement officer in the City of Brotherly (and of Sisterly) Love, now is your golden opportunity.

CBP recruiting poster showing three officers standing together with folded armsU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is hiring men and women to serve as officers in the Area Port of Philadelphia, which includes Philadelphia International Airport and the seaport environment. But apply today, because this opportunity closes June 30.

CBP’s primary mission is to facilitate international trade and travel while keeping terrorists and weapons of terror out of the United States. CBP officers also enforce customs, immigration, and agricultural laws, and prevent the illegal trafficking of humans, narcotics and other contraband into the U.S.

Learn more about duties, pay and benefits, and additional specialty opportunities of a CBP officer or visit Apply Now to start your application process today.

“CBP offers an excellent opportunity for those seeking a challenging and rewarding career, protecting the American people by securing the border and advancing the nation’s economic prosperity,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.  “The Greater Philadelphia area is home to one of our nation’s busiest seaports for international commerce and top airports for international travel, and we welcome more officers to help us execute the mission of CBP.”

Click on the following links to view these job announcements.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and resident for the last three years, have a valid driver's license, pass a medical examination, and fitness and drug tests.  Applicants must also pass a thorough background investigation and polygraph examination.

CBP officer is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-5, GS-7, GS-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 CBP officer in December 2019 you could:

  • Start as a CBP Officer in December 2019 as a GS-5 and make $41,830 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2020 to GS-7 and make $57,519 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2021 to GS-9 and make $74,222 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2022 to GS-11 and make $94,314 per year
  • Be promoted in December 2023 to GS-12 and make $104,516 per year

Additionally, CBP officers earn locality pay and fully trained officers are eligible for night differential pay, holiday pay and up to $45,000 in overtime pay.

For local recruiting questions, contact

Visit CBP Careers for information on other career opportunities. Follow @CBPJobs on Twitter for the latest news on hiring events near your town. Learn more about what CBP accomplished during "A Typical Day" in 2018.

It’s not too late to reset your goal of a better professional future. Apply today to become a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.

Last Modified: Feb 22, 2022