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Intelligence Analyst Salary

An average Intelligence Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K annually. In the world of Intelligence Analysts, overall income ranges from $40K near the bottom to $104K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While years of experience and geographic location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most Intelligence Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Intelligence Analysts survey respondents are men (76 percent).
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$39,988 - $102,842  
   
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$0.00 - $6,725  
Profit Sharing
$673 - $12,451  
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$39,822 - $104,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,512
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$22.61 - $57.11  
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$0.00 - $6,725  
   
Profit Sharing
$673 - $12,451  
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$39,822 - $104,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


Many Intelligence Analysts can be found at U.S. Army, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, U.S. Air Force (USAF), BAE Systems Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), firms that are at the top of the field. Although Northrop Grumman Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $92K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $51K or as much as $131K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Battelle Memorial Institute, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, and Caci International Inc, where earnings of $91K, $86K, or $85K are standard for Intelligence Analysts.

U.S. Army employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $48K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include National Security Agency at $53K, and U.S. Navy where $54K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $82K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Intelligence Analysts report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Chinese, Mandarin Language, Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Geospatial Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Arabic Language, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis. 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.


Intelligence Analysts with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $58K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $74K. Intelligence Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $84K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $96K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Intelligence Analysts that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Reston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlottesville (+14 percent), McLean (+12 percent), Baltimore (+11 percent), and Fort Meade (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Colorado Springs (12 percent lower) and San Antonio (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries


Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 11%

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
up arrow 4%

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
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National Average
$70,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Open Source
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Arabic Language
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 540 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%