Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $69K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $60K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Central Intelligence Agency folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average approximately $140K per year.
The highest average salaries go to Senior Intelligence Analysts, who bring in close to about $140K annually, though Information Technology Project Managers are not far behind at $131K along with Psychologists ($122K) and Human Resources Officers (approximately $62K). Intelligence Analysts are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $60K.
Residents of Washington, DC pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $110K per year; other top-paying cities include Reston, Va. ($106K) and Mclean, Va. ($69K). Across Central Intelligence Agency's U.S. offices, employees in the state of District of Columbia earn the most, taking home around $110K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Licensed Psychologist certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $122K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Security Clearance Certifications with credentials; these people earn $91K annually on average. Employees who have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) make the most here, hauling in $168K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Signals Intelligence; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $140K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Central Intelligence Agency is Recruiting, with around one in six considering it a key competency. Three more common skills are Research Analysis, Human Intelligence, and Forensic Psychology.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Central Intelligence Agency gives paid vacation days to a fifth of workers and sick leave to 29 percent. A 401(k) program is available, and a majority of workers use it to save for retirement. Nearly all workers have health insurance, and benefits for a large number of employees also include dental insurance. Central Intelligence Agency also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and a subsidized cell phone.