Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Senior Intelligence Analysts in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $59K to $127K per year, median earnings come to $93K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of Senior Intelligence Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The vast majority of Senior Intelligence Analysts (87 percent) who took the survey are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,661 - $125,475
MEDIAN: $92,822

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$58,737 - $126,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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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Senior Intelligence Analysts report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Geospatial Intelligence, Human Intelligence, Research Analysis, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Open Source, Data Analysis, and Signals Intelligence. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For many Senior Intelligence Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $77K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $90K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Intelligence Analysts, McLean offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Reston (+13 percent) and Washington (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Intelligence Analysts is geography, with workers in San Antonio earning a whopping 39 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (10 percent less) and Arlington (6 percent less).

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 Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
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Research Analysis
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Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
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Data Analysis
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Open Source
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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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 9%