Intelligence Officer Salary

For Intelligence Officers, yearly average wages total $85K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Intelligence Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,481 - $123,077
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$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,407
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$50,481 - $123,077  
   
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$46,952 - $123,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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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.

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Intelligence Officer Tasks

  • Collect and analyze imagery using photogrammetry and terrain analysis.
  • Serve as an intelligence advisor/resource to other units.
  • Utilize a variety of tools, equipment, vehicles to collect intelligence.
  • Control collection operations and interviews.
  • Coordinate and participate in various counterintelligence investigations, operations and production.

Common Career Paths for Intelligence Officer


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As Intelligence Officers transition into upper-level roles like Senior Intelligence Analysts, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Senior Intelligence Analysts earn the same amount as Intelligence Officers on average.

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The biggest paychecks can be found at U.S. Army — the median salary there is $85K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $58K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $131K.

Popular Skills for Intelligence Officer


Intelligence Officers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Signals Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Human Intelligence, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Research Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Officer

Pay by Experience for an Intelligence Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Intelligence Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 44 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Intelligence Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Intelligence Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 37 salaries. An Intelligence Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,027

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Surpassing the national average by 10 percent, Intelligence Officers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country.

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Key Stats for Intelligence Officer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Intelligence Officer Salaries

▲31%

▲22%

National Average
$85,000

▼6%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Intelligence Officer Salaries


Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
▲12%


Research Analysis
▲1%

National Average
$85,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 9%
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