Policy Analyst Salary

Average Policy Analysts in the United States make around $55K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Policy Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,124 - $83,104
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$38K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,909
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$14.85 - $35.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,124 - $83,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
Profit Sharing
$5,967  
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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$38,004 - $83,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 935
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,967  
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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$38,004 - $83,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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Job Description for Policy Analyst

Policy analysts work by trying to change, adjust, or implement new public policies, regulations, and laws. They often work either directly in government or for non-government organizations which extensively lobby for policy adjustments. Even some for-profit companies use policy analysts to help steer regulation and political action in favorable ways.

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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 Employer Salaries for Policy Analyst


Policy Analysts will find the worst pay at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where the median salary crawls in at $65K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $96K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Policy Analyst


Policy Analysts report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Lobbying, Statistical Analysis, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Community Outreach / Activism. Most people experienced in Policy Analysis also know 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.


For many Policy Analysts, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Policy Analysts make a median salary of $74K. Policy Analysts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,519

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Policy Analysts in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oakland (+14 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Portland (+3 percent). Policy Analysts in Raleigh make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Atlanta (20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%



National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Lobbying
up arrow 26%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 14%

Legal Research
up arrow 8%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$55,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 3%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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