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Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders
A fully trained Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) is eligible for up to $45,000 in overtime pay. The starting salary for this position may be higher in certain duty locations, please visit the
While the location in this announcement is "Location Negotiable," the following duty locations are most likely to have CBP Officer vacancies at the time of your final offer:
- , ME;
- , MT;
- , ND;
- , VT;
- , WA; and
, MP. Locations designated with * include recruitment incentives. See the
How to Apply
section below for more information.
You may also consider applying for locations along the Southwest Border by applying
This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-5, GS-7, GS-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 CBPO in December 2017 as a GS-5 and make $32,844 - $77,844 per year*
be promoted in December 2018 to GS-7 and make $40,684 - $85,684 per year*
be promoted in December 2019 to GS-9 and make $49,765 - $94,765 per year*
be promoted in December 2020 to GS-11 and make $60,210 - $105,210 per year*
be promoted in December 2021 to GS-12 and make $72,168 - $117,168 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
and do not take into consideration higher locality pay where applicable, recruiting incentive or yearly cost of living increases.
CBPO 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 TS-SCI clearance, you may be eligible for a polygraph waiver.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through 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.
Securing America's Ports of Entry
emphasizes the importance of CBP Field Operations' frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission. For more information on CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at
Being a Customs and Border Protection Officer makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:
Enforcing customs, immigration, and agriculture law and regulations;
Facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel;
Conducting inspections of individuals and conveyances;
Determining the admissibility of individuals for entry into the United States; and
Preventing the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods and the smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband
Travel may be required based on operational needs
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
You must successfully pass a polygraph examination
You must successfully pass a background investigation
Convictions of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are disqualifying
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
You must have resided in the U.S. for the last 3 years
Referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (waiver for veterans)
You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards
You will be required to work regular and recurring shift work
You will be required to carry a firearm
You must have a valid driver's license
The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
You qualify for the GS-5 grade level (starting salary $32,844 up to $77,844 with potential overtime) if your supporting documentation shows you possess one of the following:
a. A minimum of 3 years full-time general work experience that demonstrates the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to learn and apply a body of facts;
b. A bachelor's degree or successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in
leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
c. Will receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university within 9 months from the closing date of this announcement and will upload all official or unofficial transcripts before the closing date of this announcement;
d. A combination of successfully completed college education
general work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and official or unofficial college transcripts submitted with your application.
You qualify for the GS-7 grade level (starting salary $40,684 up to $85,684 with potential overtime) if your supporting documentation shows you possess one of the following:
a. A minimum of 1 year of specialized full-time work experience that entails performance of substantive duties in inspections work at borders, seaports, airports or other ports of entry and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status, or compliance/regulatory work;
b. A Bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average (i.e., GPA 3.0 or higher of a possible 4.0), or (3) honor society membership. Go to
Superior Academic Achievement
and scroll to 4.f. to see if you qualify under this provision;
c. One full year of graduate level education (equivalent to 18 semester or 27 quarter hours) in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) from an accredited college or university;
d. Will receive a bachelor's degree with
superior academic achievement
or one full year of graduate level education (equivalent to 18 semester or 27 quarter hours) in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminal justice, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, forensic psychology, or corrections and rehabilitation) from an accredited college or university within 9 months from the closing date of this announcement and will upload all official or unofficial transcripts before the closing date of this announcement.
e. A combination of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited college or university
specialized work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and official or unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.
To be eligible for overtime, employees must be fully trained.
If you have previous or current law enforcement or military law enforcement experience, you may qualify at the GS-9 grade level. Please refer to the CBPO GS-9 announcement:
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience):
Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Experience as a CBP Explorer may be qualifying if your resume provides sufficient information to credit your experience. To receive full credit for your experience please be sure to describe your duties, roles and responsibilities in detail.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Effective May 1, 2016, the Commissioner of CBP has approved a temporary increase in the maximum allowable age for original placement into a CBPO position; therefore, candidates must be referred for selection before reaching their 40th birthday (increased from age 37). In accordance with Public Law 110-161, this position is covered under enhanced retirement provisions. However, the age restriction may not apply if you are currently serving or have previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement (non-military) position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d). This measure will increase the statutorily mandatory retirement to an age of up to 60 to allow individuals the opportunity to complete 20 years of Enhanced Customs and Border Protection service (See U.S.C 8425 (b)(1) and 8335 (b)(1)).
The age restriction does not apply if you are a veterans' preference eligible. For more information on eligibility as a veterans' preference eligible please see the
OPM veterans' guide
You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and work units. You may be required to work overtime on a regular and recurring basis. Fully trained officers may be compensated up to $45,000 in overtime in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Firearm proficiency is required for all CBP Officers and is part of the training provided.
Current Federal Employees:
Current federal employees who apply to this announcement will be required to serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to accept a change to lower grade, which may reduce their salary based on Federal pay regulations.
If you are a current GS-12 step 1, your salary may be reduced to a GS-5 step 10, which equates to an approximate $29,466 salary reduction (based on locality). Re-promotion is not guaranteed. Timeframes and grade level re-promotion is at the discretion of the agency and will be subject to a probationary period.
You must serve a one-year probationary period during the first year of your initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.
You will complete a paid pre-academy orientation for approximately 30 days at your home port prior to attending the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
for approximately 17-19 weeks at Glynco, GA. Candidates selected for duty locations where they are required to be proficient in reading, writing and speaking Spanish will be required to either pass a Spanish language proficiency examination or attend a 6-week long Spanish immersion class at FLETC.
This position requires wearing an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.
To be considered for this position, an applicant must meet the residency requirement for three years before his or her application by:
Residing within the United States or its protectorate or territories; or
Working for the U.S. government as an overseas Federal or military employee; or
Being a dependent of a U.S. Federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation during the hiring process.
: You must possess a valid driver's license.
All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
What To Expect Next
Once you submit your application, you will receive an email from
with a link to complete the CBP Officer Experience Record assessment of the CBP Officer Entrance Examination. You must complete this portion of the exam on a personal computer
within 72 hours of receipt
. Upon completion, you will receive a second email from
to schedule the three remaining assessments of the CBP Officer Entrance Examination at a local testing center. Please be sure to check your email, spam, and junk folders daily. Proctored testing will be conducted
August 2-September 14, 2017
. The proctored assessments may take up to four (4) hours to complete. After test scores are uploaded, we will assess your experience and training. If you meet the qualifications for this position and have a passing score, you will be considered for future openings in "category order" in accordance with veterans' preference regulations. Applicants will be referred for selection consideration throughout the announcement open period as they successfully complete the entrance exam and meet minimum qualifications. For example, applicants who successfully complete the entrance exam from
will be referred in the first round. Applicants who successfully complete the entrance exam will be referred based on the following rounds,
A passing score does not guarantee selection. Your status will be updated on USA Jobs throughout the process. To check your status, log into your USA Jobs account and go to your home page to view active applications. For detailed status, click on the plus sign (+) next to the announcement.
If you wish to have early consideration you must submit your resume and supporting documentation by the date you complete your entrance exam; or if you have a current passing test score, you must submit your resume and supporting documentation on the day you complete your application or by the end date of the first round of testing, as stated above.
If you are already in the pre-employment process for a competitive CBP Officer position and you reapply under this announcement and are referred for a position, your new referral will replace any existing CBP Officer referral regardless of preference location for which you are currently in process, and may delay your pre-employment processes.
Review our benefits
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the
website and select
Disabled veteran leave
will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
: The CBP Officer position is a polygraph-required position. You must take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see
CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation package.
Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation package.
: This position is a sensitive National Security Position and, upon selection, candidates will be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a Tier 5 investigation or equivalent for placement and retention in this position. For more information please see
Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence:
The CBP Officer position is a weapons-carrying position. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Therefore, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position.
: This position has medical/physical requirements. Click
for position specific requirements. You must complete the medical screening process and be found to meet the medical standards for the position. Employees in this position may be required to undergo a medical examination/evaluation at the request of the Agency. If you do not meet the medical standards for the position, you may request a waiver of the medical standard by demonstrating with non-medical information, with or without reasonable accommodation, you can safely perform the essential duties of the position.
Drug Testing Requirements
: This is a drug testing designated position. You must complete a drug test as a condition of employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance with the Agency's Drug-Free Workplace Program
Physical Fitness Screening
: You will be required to successfully pass the Pre-employment Fitness Test-1. Please see the
Pre-Employment Fitness Test-1 Readiness Program
for additional information. This is a 6-week program designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness that will help you successfully pass the CBP fitness tests.
You will be required to pass a face-to-face structured interview (SI).
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an
Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment
, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.These authorities are subject to change.
This job originated on
. For the full announcement and to apply,
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at
will be considered.