Intelligence Officer Salary (United States)

Most Intelligence Officers in the United States are men, earning an average of $83,894 annually. Pay ranges from $50,261 on the low end to $119,036 per year on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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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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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Intelligence Officers may see a small drop in pay with career advancement. Quite often, those who transition into an upper level Intelligence Analyst position will earn slightly less.

Intelligence Officer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer

For Intelligence Officers, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF); in fact, typical earnings are around $91,275, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($42K versus $130K) is great.
With a reported median salary of only $67,358, U.S. Army takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town. Given the fact that some workers here earn up to $103,200, the disparity in salary is crystal clear. Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Air Force (USAF) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $72,535 and $91,275.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer

Survey results show that Intelligence Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis. Most people who know Research Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

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Intelligence Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Though starting salaries approximate $65K, they climb to $83K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $100K. Salaries reach six figures only after a substantial amount of time—20 years—is spent on the job, typically amounting to $100K. Intelligence Officers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

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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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Common Health Benefits

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