Intelligence Analyst Salary

Intelligence Analysts in the United States take home approximately $70K annually on average. In the world of Intelligence Analysts, overall income ranges from $40K near the bottom to $104K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career duration and location are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Intelligence Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Intelligence Analysts survey respondents are men (75 percent).

$40,708 - $102,709

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$14.45 - $47.64

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$40,708 - $102,709  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,150  
Profit Sharing
$717 - $12,654  
Total Pay (?
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$40,286 - $103,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,489
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Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $47.64  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $57.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,150  
   
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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$40,286 - $103,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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 often move into positions as Personnel Security Specialists or Crime Analysts. Personnel Security Specialists actually earn $18K less on average, however, and Crime Analysts earn $29K less per year than Intelligence Analysts do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


Many Intelligence Analysts can be found at U.S. Army, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, U.S. Air Force (USAF), BAE Systems Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), firms that are at the top of the field. Intelligence Analysts flock to Northrop Grumman Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $92K lead the pack in compensation; however, Northrop Grumman Corporation also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $51K at one end to $131K at the other end. Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton also offer top salaries for Intelligence Analysts. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $84K, $80K, and $78K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, U.S. Marine Corps actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $42K — 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 $48K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $52K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $87K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Survey results imply that Intelligence Analysts deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Geospatial Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Russian Language, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Arabic Language. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Intelligence Analysts. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $58K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $74K. Intelligence Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $96K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Intelligence Analysts, working in the bustling city of Charlottesville has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Intelligence Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Reston (+13 percent), McLean (+12 percent), Honolulu (+11 percent), and Fort Meade (+10 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Los Angeles and 10 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%

National Average
$70,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%


Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 5%




Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Russian Language
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 403 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: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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