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Border Patrol Agent Benefits

As a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent, you will be a sworn Federal law enforcement officer. The Federal government offers enhanced benfits to law enforcement officers. Here are some of the great benefits offered.

Border Patrol Salary

Entry-level Border Patrol recruits earn between $36,000 and $46,000 in their first year, with the potential of earning up to $70,000 per year within three years of service. You can earn from 10% to 25% additional pay for the performance of extra duty time. Agents can be paid night deferential pay, Sunday pay, and Holiday pay.

Better Starting Salary

You can generally start off earning more money (GL-7 instead of GL-5) if you have Master's dregree. This varies based on the qualifications stated in the job recruiting announcement. To learn more about earning a Master's degree from DeVry, call now: 877-834-0376

Raises and promotions

With a satisfactory performance rating raises are given at least yearly for the first few years. The entry level Border Patrol Agent position has a promotion potential to GL-11 grade. You can also apply for supervisory positions that include even higher pay grades.

Health Benefits

Federal health insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance.


Paid training is provided at the world-class Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Read more on the Border Patrol Acadmey page.


1st-3rd year Federal employees earn 4-hours of leave every 2 weeks, for a total of 13 days per year. After 3 years you'll receive 6-hours every two weeks, and eventually a total of 26 days per year with over 15 years of service.


Federal law enforcement officers have an excellerated retirement schedule. You can retire with full benefits with as little as 20 years of service.

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