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Intelligence Officer Salary (United States)

Most Intelligence Officers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $83K annually,. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Intelligence Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,509 - $117,446
MEDIAN: $83,023
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$50,509 - $117,446  
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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).
$50,261 - $119,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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Job Description for Intelligence Officer

Intelligence officers are typically hired by governments, usually by defense or intelligence-gathering departments; however, private contractors hired by the government may also employ these professionals. Intelligence officers often spend much of their time doing office work and analysis, spending comparatively little time in the field. Intelligence officers are frequently distinguished from field operatives or agents in that they are not necessarily specifically charged with gathering sensitive data and intelligence. While that may be something an intelligence officer is asked to do, they are more typically responsible for performing analysis, looking for patterns in large data fields, and examining, categorizing, and organizing collected information. Intelligence officers are expected to be able to think clearly and quickly when needed, but also also be able to conduct long and intensive investigations. Additionally, they are expected to keep secure all information and intelligence-gathering methodologies.
Intelligence Officer Tasks
  • Control collection operations and interviews.
  • Coordinate and participate in various counterintelligence investigations, operations and production.
  • Collect intelligence using a variety of surveillance and reconnaissance techniques.
  • Collect and analyze imagery using photogrammetry and terrain analysis.
  • Serve as an intelligence advisor/resource to other units.

Common Career Paths for Intelligence Officer

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While many Intelligence Officerstransition into Intelligence Analyst roles, the job tends to pay $68K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer

The biggest paychecks can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF) — the median salary there is $91K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $43K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $130K.
U.S. Army offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $67K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $42K and $103K. Also approaching the lower end is Defense Intelligence Agency.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Intelligence Officers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Human Intelligence , Signals Intelligence , and Research Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. Those proficient in Research Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Intelligence Officers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $83K. Intelligence Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $92K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $106K. The majority of Intelligence Officers have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

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Experience Affects Intelligence Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Intelligence Officer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%