Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Somewhere 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 $60K to $127K per year, but median earnings come to around $93K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The vast majority (87 percent) of Senior Intelligence Analysts who answered the questionnaire are male. In this profession, a strong majority enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Most Senior Intelligence Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$60,015 - $125,231
MEDIAN: $92,637

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$60,015 - $125,231  
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$59,900 - $126,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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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 Human Intelligence, Geospatial 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. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed 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.

For Senior Intelligence Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $74K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $90K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Intelligence Analysts make a median salary of $94K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Intelligence Analysts with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Intelligence Analysts in Reston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in McLean (+22 percent) and Washington (+11 percent). Senior Intelligence Analysts in San Antonio make 39 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Tampa and 6 percent less in Arlington, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

National Average

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
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Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 10%