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.

$39,428 - $100,420
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$66K
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MEDIAN: $65,539
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$12.46 - $48.88
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$0$101K
Salary $39,428 - $100,420
Bonus $985 - $11,183
Profit Sharing $8,500
Total Pay (?
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$38,631 - $101,184
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,787
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $12.46 - $48.88
Overtime $13.91 - $64.86
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $985 - $11,183
Profit Sharing $8,500
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,631 - $101,184
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 112

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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.

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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


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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.

Intelligence Analyst Job Listings

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

National Average: $65,348

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Intelligence Analyst Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Intelligence Analyst?

Intelligence Analyst in Navarre:
"Intelligence Analyst."
Pros: Helping protect national security. Shift work allows for much needed down time. Allows me to critically think and solve complex problems with little to no information.
Cons: The pay is subpar. The hours are long and tiring. Not much room for growth and expansion.

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Key Stats for Intelligence Analyst

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Intelligence Analyst Salaries

▲34%

▲22%

▲3%

National Average
$65,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%
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