Intelligence Officer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Intelligence Officers earn an average of $86K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Intelligence Officers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,199 - $122,780
$53K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,699
10%
50%
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Salary $53,199 - $122,780
Bonus $4,250
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$50,612 - $122,619
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 112

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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.

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Intelligence Officer Tasks

  • Collect and analyze imagery using photogrammetry and terrain analysis.
  • Serve as an intelligence advisor/resource to other units.
  • Utilize a variety of tools, equipment, vehicles to collect intelligence.
  • Control collection operations and interviews.
  • Coordinate and participate in various counterintelligence investigations, operations and production.

Common Career Paths for Intelligence Officer


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Intelligence Officers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Senior Intelligence Analyst. Senior Intelligence Analysts on average make about as much as Intelligence Officers do.

Intelligence Officer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer


For Intelligence Officers, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Army; in fact, average earnings are around $85K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($58K versus $131K) is great.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer


Job skills reported by Intelligence Officers are limited. Most notably, skills in Signals Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Human Intelligence, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Research Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

Pay by Experience for an Intelligence Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Intelligence Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 44 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Intelligence Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Intelligence Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 37 salaries. An Intelligence Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,503

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Intelligence Officers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 9 percent greater than the national average.

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Key Stats for Intelligence Officer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Intelligence Officer Salaries

▲30%

▲21%

National Average
$86,000

▼7%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Intelligence Officer Salaries


Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
▲11%


Research Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$86,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 6%
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