Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

Senior Intelligence Analysts in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little under three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $92K per year on average but can range from $60K to $126K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. For the most part, Senior Intelligence Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Senior Intelligence Analysts survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,197 - $124,671
MEDIAN: $92,005

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$60,500 - $125,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
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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 Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, Research Analysis, and Open Source are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geospatial Intelligence, Data Analysis, and Open Source. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $68K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $88K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Intelligence Analysts make a median salary of $93K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,976

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Intelligence Analysts, McLean offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Reston (+15 percent) and Washington (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Intelligence Analyst's salary, with San Antonio Senior Intelligence Analysts earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (9 percent less) and Arlington (5 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:
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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

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

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Research Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Open Source
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Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


14 %
86 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 9%