Intelligence Analyst Salary

For Intelligence Analysts, yearly average wages total $69K annually. Final cash compensation to Intelligence Analysts varies from around $40K to approximately $104K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $13K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by tenure and location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Intelligence Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Intelligence Analysts are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,130 - $102,802
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MEDIAN: $69,135
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$14.64 - $48.40
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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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Intelligence Analysts who move on to become Senior Intelligence Analysts may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Intelligence Analysts get paid an average of $93K per year. Intelligence Analysts most often advance into Personnel Security Specialist and Crime Analyst positions 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 all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $57K to just $97K, Northrop Grumman Information Systems still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $84K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Leidos, where Intelligence Analysts typically earn around $79K, $77K, or $77K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $40K (less than half of the top paying company's rate), U.S. Marine Corps lags significantly in the earnings department. 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 seem to exploit 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 skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. 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 $93K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,140

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Intelligence Analysts will find that Charlottesville offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego. Fayetteville and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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