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Intelligence Analyst Salary

Intelligence Analysts in the United States take home an average $70K annually. Cash earnings for Intelligence Analysts — including $6K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $40K to $105K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by experience level and location. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Intelligence Analysts who answered the questionnnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,313 - $103,355
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$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,060
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$14.65 - $49.46
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,313 - $103,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,150  
Profit Sharing
$703 - $12,589  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,151 - $104,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,456
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $49.46  
   
Overtime
$21.48 - $57.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,150  
   
Profit Sharing
$703 - $12,589  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,151 - $104,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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Job Description for Intelligence Analyst

An intelligence analyst gathers and analyzes information from various sources to determine its significance and reliability. The analyst will establish and maintain records of that intelligence and keep the information files organized. Although the intelligence analyst may not work directly for a government agency such as the National Security Agency or Central Intelligence Agency, the job is usually linked with government work, either national security or border security or other national interests. Government security clearance, or the ability to quickly obtain it, is required before one can become an intelligence analyst. A college education is also necessary; an intelligence analyst must at least possess an associate's degree from an accredited university, though a bachelor's degree is highly preferred. Experience in performing intelligence analysis is mandatory, preferably in a specific area related to the desired job. As the analyst will be expected to analyze and interpret information, exemplary attention to detail is necessary to perform well in the position. Excellent communication skills are needed, as well, in order to effectively communicate the information being processed and analyzed. Knowledge of other languages is extremely useful in the job, but is not required. An intelligence analyst works business hours from Monday through Friday, and may be asked to work additional hours in the evening or on weekends as needed, especially if there is an overflow of information to analyze or a strict deadline to meet in presenting that information. In order to maintain the security of classified information, a prospective analyst must pass a thorough background check.


Intelligence Analyst Tasks

  • Initiate, coordinate and conduct research efforts.
  • Gather, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  • Determine the significance and reliability of incoming information.
  • Establish and maintain intelligence records and files.

Common Career Paths for Intelligence Analyst


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Intelligence Analysts who move on to become Senior Intelligence Analysts may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Intelligence Analysts get paid an average of $94K per year. Intelligence Analysts most often move into positions as Personnel Security Specialists or Crime Analysts. Personnel Security Specialists actually earn $18K less on average, however, and Crime Analysts earn $29K less per year than Intelligence Analysts do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


U.S. Army, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, U.S. Air Force (USAF), BAE Systems Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) are all popular places to work. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($92K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $51K to $131K. Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton also offer top salaries for Intelligence Analysts. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $84K, $80K, and $79K, respectively.

With a median employee salary of $37K, U.S. Marine Corps pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying company's rate). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $47K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $55K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $88K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Intelligence Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Geospatial Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Russian Language as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Oral / Verbal Communication also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $74K. Intelligence Analysts bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. Intelligence Analysts who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Honolulu offers some of the highest pay in the country for Intelligence Analysts, 26 percent above the national average. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Reston (+20 percent), Charlottesville (+15 percent), McLean (+11 percent), and Fort Meade (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (16 percent less) and San Antonio (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 11%


Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
up arrow 3%

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$70,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 2%



Arabic Language
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%


Russian Language
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 458 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%
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