Border Patrol Agent

Agency: US Custom and Border Protection

Location: Multiple Locations

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Many vacancies in the following locations:

                     CBP - BPA Arizona, United States

                     CBP - BPA South Texas, United States

                     CBP - BPA West Texas / New Mexico, United States

Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Closes: Friday 4/7/2017                    

Salary Range: $40,511.00 to $53,319.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GL-1896-05/07
Promotion Potential: 12
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 464532200
Job Announcement Number: BPA 17-6
Job Summary

Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders

Border Patrol Agents (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.

Border Patrol Agent (BPA) is a polygraph-designated position. You must complete and pass a polygraph examination to be eligible for the position.  

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

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

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 Border Patrol Agent (BPA) position starts at a salary of $40,511 (GL-5 grade level), and offers promotion potential in 4 years to the GS-12 grade level with a salary of $72,168 (upon successful performance). Please see the Benefits section below for more salary information.

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 April 21, 2017.

This announcement is open to VRA-eligible applicants. Please see the Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans for more information.

CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:


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 sighting and other anti-smuggling activities

Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks

Travel Required

                     Occasional Travel

                     Travel may be required based on operational needs

Relocation Authorized


Job Requirements

Key Requirements

                     You must successfully pass a polygraph exam

                     You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position

                     Referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (waiver for Veterans)

                     You must have resided in the U.S. for at least 3 of the last 5 years

                     You must successfully pass a background investigation

                     Convictions of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are disqualifying

                     You will be required to carry a firearm

                     You will be required to work regular and recurring shift work

                     You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards

                     You must have a valid driver's license