General questions about this line of work

Sounds terrific. Sign up the new guy immediately.


The most important thing to remember about reading these replies on this thread is that most of the people frequenting these types of threads are investigators who are burnt out and not happy. You won’t hear from the many other investigators who are very happy in their position.

I’m a bit in the middle so hopefully my answers are fairly balanced.

  • you can expect a decent amount of miles but nothing too different than driving to and from any normal job every day. Most work will ideally be in your local area, with some requiring a little further travel every so often.

  • job security, it really depends how you look at that. This industry is known for requiring overtime, hiring like crazy, losing a contract, and then laying everybody off… cycle repeats over and over again. THAT BEING SAID - the experience gained when you start with any contractor is invaluable. Especially in this industry, you can VERY easily hop to another contractor if the one you’re working for loses the contract.
    So, job security as in you’ll keep that same job forever? No, probably not. But you’ll have the experience to easily get another similar job whenever you may need to.

  • overtime is just you keeping track of your own hours. They all just trust you to log your own hours and work on your own schedule.

  • 50k is VERY good starting salary for this. That is literally double what i started at out of college.

  • i would take the job and get the experience at the very least. You’ve received a VERY fair starting salary and you may even get your clearance upgraded if things work out. Worst case scenario you get laid off, made a few bucks over the past few months, have something else to add to your resume, and just start looking again.

It seems like a no brainer based on what you’ve said.

Level 6 at peraton is around ~75k and yes they work you like a DOG.

At CACI and Securitas, the lower levels get paid more and the high level caps at around 90k base from what i was making.

That being said, they all work you like a dog haha


Peraton just implemented increases for all levels so it’s now appx 10-15k higher. That level 6 amount is the old range. They are still offering bonuses and have vacation matching.


Run. Do not take this job. My spouse makes 4+ times what I earn in a different highly sought after field by working smarter, not harder. This job and it’s respective agencies/contractors want you to do the exact opposite. Trust your gut and do not waste a second longer considering this position.


Hi team. If anyone here has already request a copy of their complete background investigation from OPM.?If yes can u please describe how it looks like? I want know what to expect plz.

@FIzen and @ForBo - Might be more positive & beneficial to reconsider a few of your above statements. It’s actually great to hear your perspective and even refreshing to hear how much you enjoy the job, you provided great detail in your comments for a potential New Hire/New Investigator. Others on this site have also provided their perspectives too for a new hire who is inquiring, their opinions are just as valid as your opinions. In my opinion, the below comment is inaccurate and not a valid representation, to say the least.

  • “Most of the people who comment are burned out and cynical about this job. There are 1000s of other investigators who still enjoy this job and are not totally burned out, I am one of them.”

Some clarification is needed regarding several above posts in this thread, it’s unprofessional to presume or make assumptions about the Professionals that are posting on this Site. I would never presume to know how a “New Investigator” just beginning their career in this Industry might feel about the Job/Position in general…might be best to avoid assuming that perspectives from “seasoned” Professionals working in this Industry are somehow false, invalid, are “jaded” statements, or contain biased information. Furthermore, there are not “thousands” (1,000’s+ plus) Investigators that even do the Investigative Fieldwork on this specific Contract…rather there are approximately 3,000 Total (that number includes a lot of other Staff and different Companies!) Basically, it’s a very very small world!

To give a bit of well-rounded perspective…I am a passionate, dedicated, intelligent, and successful professional and I have always enjoyed my actual job from the day I started as an Investigator throughout my lifelong career. I have held many different roles within this Industry, each position I’ve enjoyed. I’ve been working in this Industry for over 2.5 decades and prior to even 09/11, why would anyone assume Investigators are providing biased information simply because they are more experienced than others? There is a wealth of knowledge across the Industry and differing comments/opinions are made from a diverse group of individuals on this Site. Professionals who started prior to privatization, prior to USIS folding, prior to the Contract Company KP/Peraton even existing, Full-Time/Part-Time Contract Investigators, Federal Investigators, ect.

As I’ve said soo many times before, Investigators should be supportive of one another because no one else within this Industry is going to provide that level of support (peer-to-peer) and Investigators will only have “strength in numbers” for any change that is needed, no Management at any of the Contract Companies or within the Federal Government Agencies that have the responsibility of 'Oversight" will ever stand-up for an Investigator. It’s imperative that everyone doing the actual “critical work” are a cohesive unit, especially when it comes to valid concerns and issues being raised. How will this Industry create the changes that are needed if everyone who makes this operation come together is constantly arguing with one another? Take all of these valid issues and concerns to your Managers, Executive Leadership, the Federal Agencies, or the Regulatory Oversight Organizations involved.

*The thing I enjoyed most about this job was and has always been my colleagues…all of the Investigators (in my opinion the passion in this job is not found in the salary or in the inner office politics & management!)


@ChrsL1987- You have been lucky enough to hear from a lot of Investigators on this site regarding their perspectives as well as how it relates to the job itself and the Company who has made you an offer.

I hope you are able to consider all of these differing opinions…it’s true that we do not all agree on certain issues related to the job, companies, and the industry itself…however it appears that the comments tied to this post and thread are genuine and were made in good faith based on your inquiry.

*Good luck with whatever decision you make! I’m sure you will make a decision that is right for your situation. Never fear, if the job is not for you…you will likely know within the first year and can move onto something else. Nothing in life related to a job is ever permanent!

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