Intelligence Officer Salary

With just over a half of Intelligence Officers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $50K to $123K per year and averages out to $84K per year. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$50,684 - $122,014

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$50,684 - $122,014  
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$50,306 - $122,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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 who take on a higher-level position such as Intelligence Analyst may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Intelligence Analysts on average bring home $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.

While select Defense Intelligence Agency employees may bring in up to $136K, a median salary of only $73K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer

Intelligence Officers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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. Those familiar with Human Intelligence also tend to know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $82K. Intelligence Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Intelligence Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $109K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Intelligence Officers, 7 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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 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: 73% employee benefits None: 8%