Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Pay
LEOs at GS grades 3 through 10 are entitled to special higher base rates that are used in computing GS locality rates. At the most common entry grades of GS-5, 6, and 7 for most LEO occupations, those LEO special rates provide step 1 rates that are 10 to 23 percent higher than regular rates. For GS-1811 criminal investigators, the normal entry grades are GS-7, 9, and 10. At these grades, the increase attributable to LEO special rates is somewhat smaller—3 to 10 percent.
These special base rates for law enforcement officers (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5541(3) and 5 CFR 550.103) are authorized by section 403 of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, as amended. By law, these rates must be the basis for computing locality payments. (5 CFR part 531, subpart F.)
Click on a law enforcement occupatonal title on the following list to review a description for that occupation, the total number employed, specific job titles for this group with links to current job vacancies in both the federal and private sectors to provide job seekers with all of the jobs available in your area. You will also find the largest hiring agencies for that group.
There are many additional support positions in law enforcement such as administrative officers, clerks, logistics specialists, etc. The Department of Justice is the largest employer of criminal investigators, employing 24,448. The Department of Homeland Security is the second largest employer 10,671 criminal investigators. Correctional officers are employed by two agencies — the Department of Justice has 17,580 officers, and Department of the Interior employs the remaining 136. All Internal Revenue officers are employed by the Treasury Department.