Intelligence Analyst Salary
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.
|Salary||$38,953 - $100,447|
|Bonus||$1,006 - $10,748|
|Total Pay (||$38,086 - $100,896|
|Hourly Rate||$12.30 - $48.62|
|Overtime||$7.11 - $65.29|
|Bonus||$1,006 - $10,748|
|Total Pay (||$38,086 - $100,896|
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.Read More...
This job may require travel, both local and international, so flexibility with time is very important. Strong computer, research, and report-writing skills are generally required in order to carry out searches, maintain communication with employers and co-workers, and present findings to the appropriate parties. Strong written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving skills are also important.
Intelligence analysts are responsible for perusing and making sense of large amounts of data, which involves analyses such as history and statistics. All information acquired should be classified and kept confidential as necessary. Those in this position must be familiar with the necessary analysis tools and automated systems like databases, imagery analysis, and signal intelligence, and some jobs require intelligence analysts to have reached a certain level of security clearance. Aspiring intelligence analysts should receive training from an intelligence collection and analysis school and earn the proper certification. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field may also be a minimum requirement, though some employers will hire those with significant prior experience in place of a degree.
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
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
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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