Clearance Levels are used by S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep order in their system and protect information that is protected by S.H.I.E.L.D. Clearance levels both denoted the level of information an agent was allowed to have access to as well as their basic rank within S.H.I.E.L.D. An agent's clearance level is not based on how long they have been apart of the agency. If an agent dislikes their current position, they usually have the option to demote themselves in rank. There are 10 levels of clearance. When Phil Coulson became Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he eliminated the clearance level system.

Level 1

Clearance level 1 has the least access in S.H.I.E.L.D. and agents assigned to this level usually get job technical, maintenance, or secretarial jobs. If an agent has lost the trust of multiple agents for a serious matter, they can be reduced back to level 1.

  • Skye - S.H.I.E.L.D. agent; Computer hacker.

Level 2

Current information unknown

Level 3

Agents with level 3 access usually get jobs in administration to sort files for S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May reduced herself back to this position temporarily because of a traumatic experience from her past.

Level 4

For clearance level 4 and above, agents must be in good physical condition for hand to hand combat.

Notable agents

Level 5

Most level 5 agents are scientists, researchers and mechanics. This is usually the highest a rank a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist can get.

Notable agents

  • Leo Fitz - Weapons, gadgets, and cutting edge technology; Engineer.
  • Jemma Simmons - Life scientist; Xeno-biologist (both human and alien); Bio-chemist.

Level 6

Level 6 agents mainly do espionage and combat. This level usually requires going into battles without full information on the mission.

Notable agents

Level 7

Clearance level 7 agents also specialize in espionage and combat, getting much more of information than most level 6 agents, including details on Phil Coulson's "staged" death prior to the Battle of New York. Maria Hill mentions that the Avengers are not Level 7, however, Steve Rogers is Level 8.

Notable agents

Level 8

Clearance level 8 gives agents more access to information that could risk the lives of agents in lower clearance levels. Captain Rogers was given quick access to this level after his endeavors in World War II and the Battle of New York.

Notable agents

Level 9

Level 9 Agents have access to most of the agency's files and generally hold a high rank. They will also know of high ranking projects, secrets and missions about SHIELD. The Level 9's know several important things connected to other agents in lower ranks.

Notable agents

Levels 10

S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives in level 10 have the most access to the world's most important files and secrets. These operatives hold the highest rank in the agency.

Access to information on the following

  • Complete transcript and procedure details for the death and resurrection of Agent Phil Coulson.
  • Final Project T.A.H.I.T.I. report from project supervisor Agent Phil Coulson.

Notable agents

  • Director Phil Coulson - Executive director; Formally assumed deceased; Former field officer who oversaw many of the division's field operations.
  • Nick Fury - Former executive director. Assumed deceased. Appointed Phil Coulson as his successor. (Off the Grid)

Alpha Level

There is another level of clearance that is needed to access S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most secret and highly encrypted files.

Access to information on the following:

Notable agents

World Security Council

The World Security Council are the international group that makes sure that the world is safe through the help of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s operatives.

Notable members

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