Intelligence Analyst Salary
Intelligence Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by experience level and location. The majority of Intelligence Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Intelligence Analysts are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$39,428 - $100,420|
|Bonus||$985 - $11,183|
|Total Pay (||$38,631 - $101,184|
|Hourly Rate||$12.46 - $48.88|
|Overtime||$13.91 - $64.86|
|Bonus||$985 - $11,183|
|Total Pay (||$38,631 - $101,184|
Job Description for Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence analysts generally work for government agencies, and companies which work with the government, in order to provide information about security threats. Although this job involves working many hours within an office environment, it often requires on-field exploration, as well, in order to best understand situations and conduct investigations.Read More...
This job may require travel, both local and international, so flexibility with time is very important. Strong computer, research, and report-writing skills are generally required in order to carry out searches, maintain communication with employers and co-workers, and present findings to the appropriate parties. Strong written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving skills are also important.
Intelligence analysts are responsible for perusing and making sense of large amounts of data, which involves analyses such as history and statistics. All information acquired should be classified and kept confidential as necessary. Those in this position must be familiar with the necessary analysis tools and automated systems like databases, imagery analysis, and signal intelligence, and some jobs require intelligence analysts to have reached a certain level of security clearance. Aspiring intelligence analysts should receive training from an intelligence collection and analysis school and earn the proper certification. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field may also be a minimum requirement, though some employers will hire those with significant prior experience in place of a degree. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Intelligence Analyst Tasks
- Determine the significance and reliability of incoming information.
- Establish and maintain intelligence records and files.
- Initiate, coordinate and conduct research efforts.
- Gather, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
Common Career Paths for Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence Analysts often transition into Senior Intelligence Analyst positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Intelligence Analysts earn $93K per year. A Government Program Manager role is the most common promotion for Intelligence Analysts moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $85K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Intelligence Analysts is a Crime Analyst position, where earnings are usually $42K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Intelligence Analyst
U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Caci International Inc, and Leidos are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Intelligence Analysts. Battelle Memorial Institute leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $91K. Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries at Northrop Grumman Information Systems (+$84K), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (+$80K), and Leidos (+$78K).
Earnings fall especially short at U.S. Marine Corps, where the median salary of $40K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include U.S. Army at $44K and U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $51K, though some Intelligence Analysts there earn up to $89K.
Popular Skills for Intelligence Analyst
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Cyber Security can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 40 percent above average. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 40 percent. Those listing Korean Language as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Chinese, Mandarin Language and Arabic Language also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Research Analysis also know Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT).
Pay by Experience Level for Intelligence Analyst
Pay by Experience for an Intelligence Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Intelligence Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 846 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Intelligence Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 672 salaries. An experienced Intelligence Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 456 salaries. An Intelligence Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 152 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Intelligence Analysts will find that Honolulu offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Intelligence Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Fort Meade (+19 percent), McLean (+12 percent), San Antonio (+11 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Arlington ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Tampa and Hampton are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.
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