For Intelligence Analysts, yearly average wages total $65K annually. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geographic location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Intelligence Analysts is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,953 - $100,447
$39K
$65K
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MEDIAN: $65,386
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$12.30 - $48.62
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MEDIAN: $24.05
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Salary
$38,953 - $100,447  
   
Bonus
$1,006 - $10,748  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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$38,086 - $100,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,761
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$12.30 - $48.62  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $65.29  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,006 - $10,748  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,086 - $100,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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.

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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


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Many Intelligence Analysts move into a Senior Intelligence Analyst role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $93K per year. The most common promotion for Intelligence Analysts is Government Program Manager, a position that typically pays $85K annually. Another standard transition for Intelligence Analysts seeking advancement is to assume a Crime Analyst role, where pay is often $42K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Intelligence Analysts include U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Caci International Inc, and BAE Systems Inc. Battelle Memorial Institute offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $91K. Other big spenders include Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Leidos, and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, top-paying firms where Intelligence Analysts see paychecks nearing $84K, $79K, or $76K.

Less than half of the top paying company's rate, U.S. Marine Corps offers a median salary of just $38K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $45K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $52K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $89K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Intelligence Analysts report using a deep pool 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 47 percent, 8 percent, and 7 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 who know Data Analysis also know Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). People who know Research Analysis usually 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $68K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $81K. 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 $89K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,197

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For Intelligence Analysts, busy Honolulu offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fort Meade (+19 percent), McLean (+12 percent), Arlington (+12 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Hampton. Employers in New York and Fayetteville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Intelligence Analyst

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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