About the Agency
Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders
A 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.
This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Category rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking do not apply to this Public Notice. This Notice may be used to fill any BPA vacancy throughout the Southwest Corridors. The duty location offered in your final offer may include any geographic location within the Southwest Corridors that meets agency mission-critical needs.
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 August 2017 as a GL-5 and make $40,511 - $50,639 per year*
- be promoted in August 2018 to GL-7 and make $46,110 - $57,637 per year*
- be promoted in August 2019 to GL-9 and make $51,424 - $64,280 per year*
- be promoted in August 2020 to GS-11 and make $60,210 - $75,262 per year*
- be promoted in August 2021 to GS-12 and make $72,168 - $90,210 per year*
*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 increases.
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 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.
Applying 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 June 16, 2017.
CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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.
The 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.
Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:
Patrol 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
Being a Border Patrol Agent makes you a valuable member of the federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:
Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions
- Responding to electronic sensor alarms
- Interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence
- Using infrared scopes during night operations
- Responding to aircraft sightings and other anti-smuggling activities
- Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks
- Occasional Travel
- Travel may be required based on operational needs