Intelligence Officer Salary (United States)

Most Intelligence Officers in the United States are men, earning an average of $83,894 annually. Compensation generally starts at $50,261 and does not exceed $119,036 per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Intelligence Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,509 - $117,446
MEDIAN: $83,023
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National Salary Data

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$50,509 - $117,446  
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$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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For Intelligence Officers, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. Usually, an Intelligence Analyst, an upper-level role, earns less than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer

U.S. Air Force (USAF) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $91,275—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $42K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $130K.
U.S. Army offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $67,358. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Defense Intelligence Agency ($72,535) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($91,275).

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer

Professional skills reported by Intelligence Officers are few in number. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis. The majority of those who know Research Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

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Intelligence Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, pay rises to approximately $83K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $100K. After two decades in the field, Intelligence Officers continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $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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Common Health Benefits

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