Intelligence Officer Salary

Intelligence Officers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of Intelligence Officers. Pay fluctuates from $46K to $124K per year, but expected earnings average $85K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Intelligence Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,928 - $123,006
MEDIAN: $84,696

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$48,928 - $123,006  
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$45,910 - $123,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 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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As Intelligence Officers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Senior Intelligence Analyst, their salaries may climb. Senior Intelligence Analysts make $95K annually on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for

Although U.S. Air Force (USAF) boasts the highest average salary in town at $86K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $44K or as much as $129K.

Although Defense Intelligence Agency hands out the lowest average salary in town at $73K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $44K or as much as $136K.

Popular Skills for

Intelligence Officers only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, and Research Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Human Intelligence indicates knowledge of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT).

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Intelligence Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $83K. Intelligence Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $110K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

Intelligence Officers working in Washington make slightly more than the national average, but overall, geography does not significantly influence pay in this role.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%