Intelligence Analyst Salary

Median pay for Intelligence Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $69K annually. In the world of Intelligence Analysts, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $104K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Intelligence Analysts are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,130 - $102,802
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$40K
$69K
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MEDIAN: $69,135
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$14.64 - $48.40
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$48
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,130 - $102,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,019  
Profit Sharing
$705 - $12,847  
Total Pay (?
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$39,788 - $103,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,587
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Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $48.40  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$705 - $12,847  
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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$39,788 - $103,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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 $93K per year. Intelligence Analysts most frequently advance into Personnel Security Specialist and Crime Analyst roles even though the median salaries are $17K lower and $28K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), BAE Systems Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) are top-notch employers for Intelligence Analysts in this area. Northrop Grumman Information Systems pays the most with a median salary of $84K, though there is little variation overall ($57K to $97K). Also paying near the top of the field are Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at $79K, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton at $77K, and Leidos, where Intelligence Analysts annually earn $77K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at U.S. Marine Corps — the median salary comes to just $40K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $45K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $54K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $84K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Intelligence Analysts report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Korean Language as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $72K. Intelligence Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $82K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,140

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For Intelligence Analysts, busy Charlottesville offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Reston (+13 percent), McLean (+13 percent), Fort Meade (+12 percent), and Baltimore (+9 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Fayetteville and San Antonio (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries


Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
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Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
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$69,000

Research Analysis
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Spanish Language
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Technical Writing
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Chinese, Mandarin Language
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Korean Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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