Question: How hard is it to be a secret service agent?

Getting a job with the U.S. Secret Service is far from easy, as the selection process is extremely competitive. Candidates must have either a college degree or a combination of college and law enforcement work experience, with a background in criminal investigation.

What disqualifies you from being a Secret Service agent?

The Secret Service background investigation includes a criminal history check, credit and financial status check, work history verification, and past employer interviews. If you have past-due debts, student loan defaults, prior felony arrests or past drug use, you may be disqualified from the employment process.

How much do Secret Service agents that protect the president make?

This grade is part of the General Schedule and paid between $75,628 and $98,317 in 2019. The Secret Service reports that promotion for positions above level GS-13 is based on performance and is competitive. In addition to this base pay, agents also may receive additional payments based on their locality.

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