Director, Public Policy Salary

A Director, Public Policy earns an average salary of $76,938 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are People Management, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Lobbying.

$44,171 - $120,439
MEDIAN: $76,938

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$43,818 - $126,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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Job Description for Director, Public Policy

The operations of many for-profit and non-profit agencies are impacted by the decisions made by governments and legislatures. These organizations often have a director of public policy at the board-executive level who deals with this aspect of operations. The director of public policy helps the board form a strategy for how it will attempt to influence and participate in making or blocking regulations and laws, and then works to implement these endeavors.


Director, Public Policy Tasks

  • Establish relationships with local, state, and national lawmakers in order to influence policymaking.
  • Present the policy positions and opinions of the organization to the public, government officials, and other organizations.
  • Track the activities of policymakers and research policy issues in order to draft reports and keep the organization up to date.
  • Work with organization leaders to develop public policy agendas and strategies for advocating those agendas.
  • Assist with preparation of policy budget, and identify and pursue fundraising opportunities.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

People Management
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average

Policy Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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based on 37 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%