Senior Intelligence Analyst Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Intelligence Analysts in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Intelligence Analysts is $92K per year and can range from $60K on the lower end to $126K per year near the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most Senior Intelligence Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Senior Intelligence Analysts (86 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. 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

Senior Intelligence Analysts report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, Research Analysis, and Open Source are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geospatial Intelligence, Data Analysis, and Open Source. 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $88K. For Senior Intelligence Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,976

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Senior Intelligence Analysts in McLean receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Arlington (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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

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%