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Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Intelligence Analysts in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $59K to $127K per year, but median earnings come to around $92K per year. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Intelligence Analysts. The vast majority (87 percent) of Senior Intelligence Analysts who answered the questionnaire are male. A fair number get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,675 - $125,222
MEDIAN: $92,337

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$59,675 - $125,222  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$59,461 - $126,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197

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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Geospatial Intelligence, Human Intelligence, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Signals Intelligence, Open Source, and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled 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.

Senior Intelligence Analysts do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $90K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $95K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $109K, a plump six-figure sum.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior Intelligence Analysts, working in the bustling city of Reston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in McLean (+22 percent) and Washington (+12 percent). Senior Intelligence Analysts in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 37 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Tampa and 6 percent less in Arlington, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Senior Intelligence Analyst Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
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National Average

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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%