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Intelligence Officer Salary

Male Intelligence Officers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $83K per year in the United States. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Intelligence Officers is high. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,802 - $120,484
MEDIAN: $82,847

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$50,802 - $120,484  
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$50,569 - $121,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Officer

U.S. Air Force (USAF) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $84K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $44K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $129K.

U.S. Army offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $71K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $43K to $113K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer

Intelligence Officers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Research Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Research Analysis also tend to know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

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

Intelligence Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Intelligence Officers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 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

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 59 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%