Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $52K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make about $54K per year on average.
Information Technology Specialists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $55K annually — though Intelligence Analysts also do fairly well at around $52K per year.
The highest pay by state can be found in Virginia, where salaries average out at $69K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
CompTIA Security+ Experts earn $54K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Acquiring certification to be a Security Clearance Certification is rewarded with median pay of approximately $51K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Defense Intelligence Agency awards $73K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Strategic Planning; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $106K per year. A common skill in Defense Intelligence Agency's work force is Microsoft Office; approximately one-half of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Open Source.
With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Defense Intelligence Agency's employees who responded to the survey.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). The vast majority of workers report having health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are life insurance.