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Intelligence Officer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Intelligence Officers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $84K annually nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$50,802 - $119,553
MEDIAN: $83,578

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$50,802 - $119,553  
$0.00 - $7,757  
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$50,569 - $120,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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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More often than not, lower-level Intelligence Officers go on to take higher-end positions like Intelligence Analyst even though pay tends to be lower. Median salary for Intelligence Analysts is at the $68K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer

Although U.S. Air Force (USAF) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $88K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $44K on the low end all the way up to $129K at the top.

Offering a median salary of only $67K, U.S. Army gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $42K to $103K 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. The majority of those who know Research Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. Intelligence Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Intelligence Officers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate.

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Experience Affects Intelligence Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Intelligence Officer Salaries

Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
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Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.


8 %
92 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%