Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Senior Intelligence Analysts in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $92K annually, but may range from $60K to $127K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most Senior Intelligence Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn vision coverage. The vast majority of Senior Intelligence Analysts (87 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,927 - $125,281
MEDIAN: $92,190

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$59,800 - $126,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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Job Description for Senior Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence agents are information security positions that are usually government positions. They interpret and analyze information gathered by people in the field. Organizations that use intelligence agents include the police, the armed forces, and private companies. In the criminal field, intelligence agents use data to predict the activities of criminals and terrorists. The job involves extensive research using multiple sources and types of information, including strategic, tactical, and reporting/collecting. It is a fulfilling job that has the potential to help the country become safer.


Senior Intelligence Analyst Tasks

  • Compare data, identify discrepancies and flag suspect findings.
  • Review intelligence data and make recommendations.
  • Identify sources for intelligence data and incorporate them into the data stream.
  • Advise on how to improve data, conclusions and processes.

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Popular Skills for Senior Intelligence Analyst

Senior Intelligence Analysts seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Human Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Signals Intelligence, Open Source, and Data Analysis. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Intelligence Analyst

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $74K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $90K. Senior Intelligence Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Senior Intelligence Analysts who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

Reston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Intelligence Analysts, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in McLean (+23 percent) and Washington (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Senior Intelligence Analysts earning much less — 37 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Arlington (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Intelligence Analyst Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Intelligence Analyst in Washington:
"No comment."
Work hard; ask questions; seek answers; always consider the options; find the truth; be aggressive but not intimidating.

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Experience Affects Senior Intelligence Analyst Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
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National Average

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
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Research Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Open Source
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Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.


13 %
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 10%