Intelligence Officer Salary

Approximately one-half of Intelligence Officers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $50K to $122K per year, and the average comes out to $83K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,569 - $121,254
MEDIAN: $83,078

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$50,569 - $121,254  
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$50,261 - $121,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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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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Although many Intelligence Officers transition into Intelligence Analyst roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer

Although U.S. Air Force (USAF) heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $86K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $44K to $129K.

With a median salary of only $71K, U.S. Army pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $42K to $114K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer

Professional skills reported by Intelligence Officers are few in number. Those who have experience with Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Research Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis. Most people skilled in Human Intelligence are similarly competent in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Intelligence Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $81K. For Intelligence Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Intelligence Officers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 8 percent above the national average.

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Experience Affects Intelligence Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Intelligence Officer Salaries

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%