In the state of Wyoming, there are many currently serving agents with the federal bureau of investigation (FBI). It is common for most people to think that the agents working these jobs are really raking in the big bucks and are insanely rich.
Unfortunately, however, this isn’t always the case. While there are some FBI agents in the state who are rewarded quite handsomely for their hard work, others make yearly salaries that are only slightly above the average. That is because a lot of different factors play into the amount of money an FBI agent brings home each year.
For the state of Wyoming, average FBI agent salaries range from $40,043 per year all the way on up to $132,09 per year. Obviously, that is a really large range and, of course, everyone wants to be earning in the upper income bracket. The good news is that there are definitely things that you can do in order to increase your chances of earning a higher salary.
Many of them are better enacted before you begin working for the FBI and while you are still in the planning stages, but others can be done while you are already working.
First and foremost, know that your educational level is one of the biggest factors contributing to your yearly salary. A lot of people think that since the minimum educational requirement set in place by the FBI is a bachelor’s degree that is all they need.
Thus, they don’t aim any higher education wise, and then wonder why their salaries are lower than their co-workers’ who have master’s degrees or even doctoral degrees. If you really want to earn the most money possible, don’t just end your education after you have met the bare minimum; keep going and growing as a student.
Actually, all aspects of education matter. Your level of education is important, and so is what your degree is in.
If your degree is in an area that is strongly needed by the FBI, such as computer science, computer engineering, computer information systems, information technology, criminology, criminal justice, crime scene investigation, forensic investigation, law enforcement, military studies, accounting, finance, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, higher level mathematics, linguistics, or foreign languages, then you can expect to earn a larger salary.
If it is not, then you might want to think about changing courses if it isn’t too late. If it is, then you could always look into pursuing further education while you work.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that actual working experience outside of the FBI has little to do with how much they will make as agents. In fact, the FBI actually requires its applicants to have two to three years of working experience, ideally in an area related to their degree, and it does this for a reason.
Those who have outside work experience learn what it means to be a good, hard worker. They also become more skilled in their area of expertise and are better at working with others. Therefore, if you can, get as much work experience as possible before you join up. Remember too that experiential learning opportunities you take advantage of, such as internships, can count toward your work experience.
In addition to outside work experience, your time as a member of the bureau is also important. When you are just starting out with the FBI, it is not uncommon to be forced into very entry level positions or to make salaries that are less than desirable.
This is, in part, the FBI’s way of weeding out those agents who are in it for the wrong reason or who aren’t willing to work to prove them. One of the surest ways you can earn a better salary is to stick with your job in the FBI.
No matter how menial you may find it, be willing to work hard at it and, perhaps most importantly, to take it seriously and to be able to learn from it. If you do a good job with a little responsibility and a little money, then you will be trusted to do a good job with a lot of responsibility and a lot of money.