Health Policy Analyst Salary

An average Health Policy Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Health Policy Analysts. Most Health Policy Analysts survey respondents are women (71 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,724 - $85,096
MEDIAN: $54,043

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$39,578 - $85,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Job Description for Health Policy Analyst

Health policy analysts are professionals who provide solutions to community health and social problems by conducting research and analyzing the results. The analysts work with those in charge of setting policies to implement the solutions reached via research, and they prepare briefs, reports, testimonies for public hearings, presentations and petitions on health policies. Analysts may visit healthcare sites to take stock of operations and assess the costs of healthcare programs. Health policy analysts are responsible for making sure that policies and solutions to problems are in compliance with any applicable regulations or laws. Education requirements include a master's degree in public health, public policy, or a closely related field. Successful applicants generally have several years of related experience in analyzing public or health policy, and are well-versed in the research techniques required to perform the job. Good health policy analysts are also familiar with the legislative process that is used to create public policies, and they stay up to date on any changes in health policies. Good oral and written communication skills are needed to foster a positive and collaborative work environment. Health policy analysts also need to have excellent reading comprehension skills. Computer skills are also part of the job: Good candidates are able to use word processor and spreadsheet programs. Lastly, analysts should be able to work independently and meet often stringent deadlines.

Health Policy Analyst Tasks

  • Prepare policy briefs, reports, public hearing testimonies, presentations, and petitions.
  • Work with policy makers to implement solutions.
  • Provide solutions to community health and social problems by conducting and analyzing research.
  • May conduct site visits to assess operations and costs of health care programs.

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Survey takers who work as Health Policy Analysts typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Technical Writing, Data Analysis, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Policy Analysis and Research Analysis are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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Experience Affects Health Policy Analyst Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Health Policy Analyst Salaries

Research Analysis
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Technical Writing
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Data Analysis
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


71 %
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%