Intelligence Analyst Salary

The average Intelligence Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $70K per year. Total cash compensation for Intelligence Analysts runs from $40K to $104K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $13K. While tenure and geography impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Intelligence Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Intelligence Analysts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,571 - $102,942
(Median)
$41K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,947
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$13.47 - $49.36
(Median)
$13
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,571 - $102,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,160  
Profit Sharing
$717 - $12,654  
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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$40,310 - $104,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $49.36  
   
Overtime
$21.40 - $57.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,160  
   
Profit Sharing
$717 - $12,654  
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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$40,310 - $104,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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

  • 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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Advancing into a Senior Intelligence Analyst role seems to be a popular career move for Intelligence Analysts, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $94K per year. Intelligence Analysts most frequently advance into Personnel Security Specialist and Crime Analyst roles even though the median salaries are $18K lower and $29K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


Intelligence Analysts fill the offices of leading firms U.S. Army, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, U.S. Air Force (USAF), BAE Systems Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). 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. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks at Northrop Grumman Information Systems ($84K), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) ($80K), and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton ($79K).

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at U.S. Marine Corps — the median salary comes to just $37K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include U.S. Army at $47K and U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $54K, though some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $88K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Russian Language, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Arabic Language. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $58K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. Intelligence Analysts bring in $83K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Honolulu is home to an above-average pay rate for Intelligence Analysts, 21 percent higher than the national average. Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Charlottesville (+16 percent), Reston (+13 percent), McLean (+12 percent), and Fort Meade (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Hampton, 18 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and San Antonio (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%


Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
up arrow 3%

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
up arrow 2%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
0%

National Average
$70,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 4%





Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Russian Language
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 420 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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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