About the Agency
Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders
fully trained Border Patrol Agent (BPA) may be eligible for overtime pay
(up to an additional 25% of salary). Border Patrol Agents (BPA) may also have a
higher starting salary based on their duty location. Please visit
the OPM website
for more information.
Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the
nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism,
human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while
simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.
This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of
GL-5, GL-7, GL-9, GS-11, and GS-12. You will be eligible for a promotion to the
next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully
complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For
example you could:
· start as a BPA in July 2017 as a GL-5 and make $40,511 - $50,639
· be promoted in July 2018 to GL-7 and make $46,110 - $57,637 per
· be promoted in July 2019 to GL-9 and make $51,424 - $64,280 per
· be promoted in July 2020 to GS-11 and make $60,210 - $75,262 per
· be promoted in July 2021 to GS-12 and make $72,168 - $90,210 per
*Please note this example includes a range from minimum locality
pay up to maximum potential salary with overtime earnings. Pay rates are based
on the 2017 "Rest of the United States" salary
table and do not take into
consideration higher locality pay where applicable or yearly cost of living
Polygraph Information: Border Patrol Agent (BPA) is a polygraph-designated position. You
must complete and pass a polygraph examination to be eligible for the position.
If you are a Veteran and have a current TS-SCI clearance, you may be eligible for a polygraph
waiver. Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior
federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You may request
reciprocity at the time of polygraph exam scheduling.
early, completing the BPA Experience Record assessment, and scheduling the
online entrance exam as soon as possible will ensure the most options for
testing. The last day of online testing ends May 21, 2017.
CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
video: Border Patrol Protecting the Homeland emphasizes the importance of Border Patrol's frontline role
in helping CBP accomplish its mission. For more information on CBP's mission,
activities, and careers please visit our website at CBP.gov.
to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners'
ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:
international land borders and coastal waters
· Detect and
prevent the illegal entry and smuggling of aliens into the United States
· Detect and
prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering into the United States
· Prevent the
illegal trafficking of people, narcotics and contraband into the United States
a Border Patrol Agent makes you a valuable member of the federal Law
Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:
preventing, and apprehending undocumented aliens and smugglers of
aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert
· Responding to
electronic sensor alarms
· Interpreting and
following tracks, marks and other physical evidence
· Using infrared
scopes during night operations
aircraft sightings and other anti-smuggling activities
·Performing farm and ranch checks,
traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks