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Policy Analyst Salary

For Policy Analysts, yearly average wages total $54K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Policy Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Policy Analysts (59 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,591 - $84,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,801  
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $6,117  
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$37,060 - $84,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 730
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$14.00 - $36.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.61  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,801  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $6,117  
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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$37,060 - $84,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Policy Analyst

Policy analysts help to develop policies for the government, as well as give advice to ministers and senior management. They evaluate, research, and consult stakeholders before giving their best advice to the government. Policy analysts review, evaluate, and monitor policies and legislation; they also formulate policy reports that synthesize information and display quantitative and qualitative evidence.

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Policy Analyst Tasks

  • Gather, analyze, integrate, and report on quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Formulate policy reports that synthesize information, benefit constituents, and display evidence.
  • Review, evaluate, and monitor policies and legislation to determine their benefits, flaws, and impacts.
  • Liaise with stakeholders to understand and document needs, concerns, and viewpoints.

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Popular Skills for Policy Analyst


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Project Management, Policy Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. Those familiar with Policy Analysis also tend to know Legislative Policy and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Research Analysis are similarly competent in Data Analysis and Legislative Policy.

Pay by Experience Level for Policy Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Policy Analysts with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $51K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $61K. Policy Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Policy Analysts, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oakland (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Policy Analysts in Raleigh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 31 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (17 percent lower) and Denver (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%



National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 18%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 8%