Intelligence Analyst Salary
An average Intelligence Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by career duration and geographic location. The majority of Intelligence Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Intelligence Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence analysts generally work for government agencies, and companies which work with the government, in order to provide information about security threats. Although this job involves working many hours within an office environment, it often requires on-field exploration, as well, in order to best understand situations and conduct investigations.Read More...
This job may require travel, both local and international, so flexibility with time is very important. Strong computer, research, and report-writing skills are generally required in order to carry out searches, maintain communication with employers and co-workers, and present findings to the appropriate parties. Strong written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving skills are also important.
Intelligence analysts are responsible for perusing and making sense of large amounts of data, which involves analyses such as history and statistics. All information acquired should be classified and kept confidential as necessary. Those in this position must be familiar with the necessary analysis tools and automated systems like databases, imagery analysis, and signal intelligence, and some jobs require intelligence analysts to have reached a certain level of security clearance. Aspiring intelligence analysts should receive training from an intelligence collection and analysis school and earn the proper certification. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field may also be a minimum requirement, though some employers will hire those with significant prior experience in place of a degree.
Intelligence Analyst Tasks
- Determine the significance and reliability of incoming information.
- Establish and maintain intelligence records and files.
- Initiate, coordinate and conduct research efforts.
- Gather, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
Common Career Paths for Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence Analysts might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Intelligence Analyst, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $93K per year. Becoming a Government Program Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Intelligence Analysts move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $85K. Another frequent advance is for Intelligence Analysts to assume a Crime Analyst role; in this role, workers often earn $42K.
Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst
Dominating the field, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Caci International Inc, and Leidos are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Intelligence Analysts. Those at Battelle Memorial Institute can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $91K. Other big spenders include Northrop Grumman Information Systems, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Leidos, top-paying firms where Intelligence Analysts see paychecks nearing $84K, $80K, or $78K.
With a median employee salary of $40K, U.S. Marine Corps pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying employer's rate). Other low-paying employers include U.S. Army at $44K and U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $51K, though some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $89K.
Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cyber Security, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Korean Language as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Chinese, Mandarin Language and Arabic Language also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). A tool kit that includes Research Analysis also typically contains Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT).
Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Analyst
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Intelligence Analysts with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $67K. Intelligence Analysts bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. Intelligence Analysts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $88K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Intelligence Analysts in Honolulu receive some of the highest pay in the country. Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Fort Meade (+20 percent), McLean (+13 percent), San Antonio (+11 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Arlington is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa and Hampton (7 percent lower).
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