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Intelligence Analyst Salary

Intelligence Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $70K per year 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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career duration and geographic location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Intelligence Analysts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Intelligence Analysts who answered the questionnnaire.

$40,536 - $103,235
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$41K
$70K
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MEDIAN: $70,142
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$13.35 - $49.56
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$40,536 - $103,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
Profit Sharing
$689 - $12,556  
Total Pay (?
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$40,290 - $104,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,446
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Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $49.56  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $55.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$689 - $12,556  
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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$40,290 - $104,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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Job Description for Intelligence Analyst

An intelligence analyst gathers and analyzes information from various sources to determine its significance and reliability. The analyst will establish and maintain records of that intelligence and keep the information files organized. Although the intelligence analyst may not work directly for a government agency such as the National Security Agency or Central Intelligence Agency, the job is usually linked with government work, either national security or border security or other national interests. Government security clearance, or the ability to quickly obtain it, is required before one can become an intelligence analyst. A college education is also necessary; an intelligence analyst must at least possess an associate's degree from an accredited university, though a bachelor's degree is highly preferred. Experience in performing intelligence analysis is mandatory, preferably in a specific area related to the desired job. As the analyst will be expected to analyze and interpret information, exemplary attention to detail is necessary to perform well in the position. Excellent communication skills are needed, as well, in order to effectively communicate the information being processed and analyzed. Knowledge of other languages is extremely useful in the job, but is not required. An intelligence analyst works business hours from Monday through Friday, and may be asked to work additional hours in the evening or on weekends as needed, especially if there is an overflow of information to analyze or a strict deadline to meet in presenting that information. In order to maintain the security of classified information, a prospective analyst must pass a thorough background check.


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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst


Intelligence Analysts fill the offices of leading firms Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), BAE Systems Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Although Northrop Grumman Corporation leads the field in pay with a median salary of $92K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $51K on the low end all the way up to $131K at the top. Those in search of high salaries should also consider U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, and Caci International Inc, top-paying firms where Intelligence Analysts rake in a $90K, $85K, or $81K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at U.S. Marine Corps is a shallow $39K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include U.S. Army at $47K and U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $54K, though some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $88K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Russian Language, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Microsoft Office. 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.


For many Intelligence Analysts, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $96K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Reston is home to an above-average pay rate for Intelligence Analysts, 20 percent higher than the national average. Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Charlottesville (+15 percent), Honolulu (+14 percent), McLean (+12 percent), and Fort Meade (+10 percent). Hampton is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and San Antonio (16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 11%


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 2%



Arabic Language
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%

Russian Language
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 477 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
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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