What's the Salary For Secret Service

And How Efficient is the Secret Service Uninformed Division?

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The secret service is a branch of the US federal law enforcement agency in charge of protecting significant political heads (especially the president), safeguarding other political leaders that step foot on the US soil, as well as conducting criminal investigations. But how good are they at their job, and what’s the salary for secret service?

For us to have an understanding of how effective they are, we need to know what a typical secret service training is like:

Before you can come out as a secret service agent, you'll need to spend a total of 6 months at James J. Rowley training center in Laurel, Maryland.

However, you'd have to make it pass their strict vetting process before you're even allowed to begin training.

This involves passing an in depth background check, obtaining a top secret clearance as well as passing a polygraph test.

Applicants have admitted that this process was indeed very stressful as the interviewer had to dive deep into their most intimate secrets.

Only 1% of applicants are accepted and allowed to take part in the training exercise. For perspective, out of the 27,000 applications they receive every year, only 270 are accepted, and out of the 270, a very small percent makes it through the program.

Before the new recruits begin the core secret service training, they’ll have to spend a total of 3 months at the federal law enforcement training center in Artesia, New Mexico.

After which they return to the training camp in Maryland where they are rigorously trained in hand to hand combat, the use of firearms as well as marksmanship, driving under life threatening situations, and how to handle common ugly scenarios.

"The secret service has a zero fail mission. What that means is you don’t get to have a bad day, there are other noble professions like doctors, plumbers and if they had a rough night, they could always come over and deal with it with their bosses the next day. If you on the other hand have a bad day and fail to do your job, it could change the world. Does anyone want to quit at this point?"

Recruits are subjected to intense physical evaluation and exercises like chin ups, sit ups, push ups, a mile and a half run as well as other mental activities designed to break any bad habits you may have come with.

The evaluation scores aren't fixed and are usually determined by your physique, age, and gender.

Most candidates quit during the rigorous physical evaluation and even the ones that make it through are periodically evaluated, not just throughout the course of the training but also throughout their entire career.

Anyone who's a secret service agent in training is expected to stand and fight no matter what, they're told to occasionally run and crash into each other to eliminate the natural human response to an oncoming object, which is to flee.

In fact, candidates are trained to immediately stand in the way of threats with their own bodies at a moment's notice, even though the threat has a gun.

I said earlier that they need to be proficient in the use of firearms and I wasn’t kidding at all. Candidates need to be excellent in the use of Heckler and Koch Mp5 submachine guns, Remington 870 shotguns and sig sauer P229 pistols.

Regardless of background, all candidates must go through rigorous firearm and marksmanship training because the expectations from the secret service are usually much higher, higher than the military.

Apart from that, candidates are tested on how well they can interact with their environment as well as how well they can handle a moving target among obstacles; this is essential in case the conflict takes place in a crowded environment.

Recruits are required to learn complex driving maneuvers like a sudden J turn, common defensive driving techniques, and what it’s like to be in a car that’s upside down (this is done in a simulator).

One of the hardest activities candidates go through during the course of the training is the exposure to tear gas. They’re placed in a room gradually filling up with tear gas and are judged based on how well they maintain their composure.

There are a lot of other training activities they go through that are unfortunately inaccessible to the public for security reasons.

The secret service uniformed division is a part of the secret service dedicated to protecting the facilities and locations where the VIP would be present, and boy are they good at it.

The secret service uniformed division screens the destination of their protectee(s) about 3 months before they arrive. They collaborate with local law enforcement agency to work out the logistics of the visit such as a convenient route for the motorcade, a convenient trauma center, and a quick escape route.

During the visit, they clear out airspace at the airport as well as temporarily seal openings on the route of the president's motorcade such as manhole covers. The secret service also carry bags of the president's blood type in case of an emergency.

The secret service ensures that the president is never alone, and I mean never alone, not even in the bathroom, one of them even went with Ronald Reagan to his prostate exam where he saw everything.

The agent said in his book that he never left the president alone and he was holding a gun, ready to shoot the doctor had he done anything threatening.

That's right, the president has absolutely no control over the hotel he will lodge in. The agents will choose a hotel that's easiest to control, as well as run a thorough background check on all hotel staff.

Anyone with a criminal record will not be allowed to work during the president's visit.

They also take over an elevator strictly for the president's use, as well as control one floor above and one floor below the president's room.

A thorough cleanup and search is conducted on the president's room where listening devices, explosives, bugging devices, and any other harmful foreign object is removed.

Televisions, picture frames, and telephones are also replaced with appliances customized and secured by the secret service.

Secret service agents make, on average, $43,484 per year or $20.91 per hour. If you’re among the top 10 percent, you could go home with an average salary of $83,000 a year, however, if you’re at the bottom 10%, you could end up earning less than $22,000 a year on average.

Your geographical location could affect your salary: Studies showed that operatives based in New York and Washington DC earned higher.

Apart from location, your department could affect how much you earn as employees in research and development earn more than employees in engineering ($72,494 as opposed to $67,994).

Source: https://www.zippia.com/u-s-secret-service-careers-173102/salary/


Ceejay loves science, tech, nature, psychology, and also happens to be a bit introverted. Crap! Ceejay's said too much, back to the hole to continue hibernating