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Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Senior Intelligence Analysts who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than two-thirds of Senior Intelligence Analysts. Pay fluctuates from $61K to $126K per year, but expected earnings average $91K annually. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Senior Intelligence Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority get medical and dental insurance, and the greater part get vision plans, too. Men account for the majority of Senior Intelligence Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,629 - $124,351
MEDIAN: $91,182

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$60,608 - $125,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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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

Survey takers who work as Senior Intelligence Analysts usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Human Intelligence, Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Signals Intelligence. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Intelligence Analyst

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Intelligence Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $74K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $87K. Senior Intelligence Analysts see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $108K, a plump six-figure sum.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior Intelligence Analysts, working in the bustling city of McLean has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Reston (+24 percent) and Washington (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 35 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa (11 percent lower) and Arlington (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Intelligence Analyst Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Intelligence Analyst Salaries

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Research Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.


17 %
83 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%