Intelligence Analysts in the United States take home approximately $65K annually on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career length and geography are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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MEDIAN: $65,332
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$12.51 - $48.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$38,998 - $100,071  
   
Bonus
$1,005 - $10,766  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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$38,321 - $100,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,756
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$12.51 - $48.87  
   
Overtime
$4.45 - $64.11  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,005 - $10,766  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$38,321 - $100,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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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Many Intelligence Analysts move into a Senior Intelligence Analyst role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $92K 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


U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Caci International Inc, and BAE Systems Inc. are all popular places to work. Employees at Northrop Grumman Information Systems enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $84K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $57K and higher ones not far away at only $97K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Leidos, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where earnings of $79K, $75K, or $74K are standard for Intelligence Analysts.

U.S. Marine Corps lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($43K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $47K, 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


Survey results imply that Intelligence Analysts deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Signals Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Geographic Information Systems, and Human Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Korean Language as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Spanish Language and Chinese, Mandarin Language also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). Most people familiar with Research 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $68K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Intelligence Analysts see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Intelligence Analysts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,255

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For Intelligence Analysts, Fort Meade provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlottesville (+18 percent), Arlington (+12 percent), McLean (+11 percent), and Dayton (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Hampton. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and New York (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries



Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Russian Language
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$65,000

Research Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Online Research
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Chinese, Mandarin Language
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Korean Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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