Intelligence Officer Salary

An Intelligence Officer earns an average salary of $84,696 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
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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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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 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%