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Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Intelligence Analysts in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $59K to $127K per year, and the average comes out to $92K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Senior Intelligence Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. A strong majority claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,471 - $125,118
MEDIAN: $92,045

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$59,471 - $125,118  
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$59,287 - $126,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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 results show that Senior Intelligence Analysts use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Geospatial Intelligence, Human Intelligence, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Signals Intelligence, Open Source, and Research Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of 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. 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 $90K. Senior Intelligence Analysts see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Intelligence Analysts in Reston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in McLean (+23 percent) and Washington (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Senior Intelligence Analysts earning much less — 36 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Arlington (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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)
up arrow 16%

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Data Analysis
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Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Open Source
up arrow 5%

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
up arrow 7%

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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 10%