How Much Do Background Checks Cost in the U.S.?
Posted: December 20, 2017
It’s the end of 2017, and if you haven’t already, you’re probably scrambling to figure out next year’s HR budget, including background checks for potential candidates. But how much do background checks cost, and how much is too much? To help you with your planning, we’ve built a list of what you should expect to back for background checks–whether with us or another provider. Keep in mind that the cost of a background check can vary significantly by search type, the scope or depth of the search and screening company. When estimating the cost of background checks, there are two major types of expenses to consider. The first is the charge for processing and delivering the background check itself. This is typically the price that is quoted by vendors online. The second cost is potential add-on, access fees charged by data providers and certain local courts. These fees are classified as mandatory and statutory fees and passed-through to the employer. Be sure to verify that these fees are passed through with no additional markup form the vendor, most of them will provide a list of known fees if requested. The background check vendor you choose should offer transparent pricing and be able to clearly articulate their pricing model including applicable fees. That way, there will be no surprises when you receive your bill. Prices for Pre-Employment Background Checks Below are average estimates for popular candidate background checks. The actual quote you receive will be based on the anticipated volume of checks that you plan to order – the more you buy, the cheaper it gets! You may find prices that are higher or lower than these rates.
|Identity Checks||Price Range||Access Fee|
|Identity Verification, Social Security Number Trace, Address History||$2 -$4||No|
|Criminal Background Checks||Price Range||Access Fee|
|National Sex Offender Search:||$2 – $5||No|
|National Criminal Background Search / Criminal Database Search||$3 – $20||No|
|Statewide Criminal Search||$6 – $20||Yes|
|Federal Criminal Search||$7 – $15||No|
|OFAC Terrorist / Watch List Search||$1 – $5||No|
|Credit History||Price Range||Access Fee|
|Employee Credit History Report||$5 – $10||No|
|Motor Vehicle Records||Price Range||Access Fee|
|Driver’s License Search / MVR Records||$3 – $10||Yes|
|Verifications||Price Range||Access Fee|
|Employment History Verification||$7 – $15||Maybe|
|Education Verification||$7 – $15||Maybe|
|County Court Access||$0 – $30|
|Statewide Criminal Repository Access||$3 – $65|
|Employment Verification Data Warehouse||$0 – $15|
|Education Verification Clearing House||$0 – $20|
|Department of Motor Vehicle / Driver License||$2 – $20|
- Organizations in the hospitality sector, including any companies/positions that deal directly with cash or deposits.
- Businesses that focus on commercial services (including licensed employees), such as those in banking and credit unions, as well as those that might be unlicensed, such as financial planners.
- Property management companies, especially those that provide services in which employees enter homes to perform maintenance and repairs.
- Businesses involved in home nursing and home-based healthcare, such as therapy services.