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ATF Agent Salary

Except in rare occassions ATF agents usually started out at the GS-5 or GS-7 level. ATF Agents at the GS-5 level typically earn between $28,349-36,856 a year while agents at the GS-7 level will make between $35,116-48,648 a year. Most agents ATF agents are eligible anual promotions up to the GS-13 level. For a ATF agent begin their career at a GS-5 level, they must have earned a bachelor's degree. To begin at a GS-7 level, applicants must have completed a master's degree or at least one year of graduate study in a accredited program.

  • Annual vacation time is earned at the rate of 13-26 days per year, with a maximum accumulation of 240 hours per year.
  • Paid holidays.
  • Sick leave is earned at the rate of 13 days per year and may be accumulated without limit.
  • Low cost life insurance plans.
  • Low cost health insurance with the option to choose from a variety of different health plans.
  • Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) benefits. ATF agents are allowed to retire at 50 with 20 years of service. Age 57 is the mandatory retirement age, with a minimum of 20 years of service.
  • Tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
  • Physical fitness program.
Locality Pay

As is the case with most agent working for the federal government, ATF agents qualify for locality pay. ATF are compensated a percentage of their base salary, depending upon the location where they are assigned to work. The current range of locality pay is 14.16% on the low end to 35.15% on the high end.

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP)

Because ATF agent often are required to support a demanding work load and long hours, they usually receive the 25% Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is added to locality pay.

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