Policy Analyst Salary

Policy Analysts in the United States take home an average $54K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Policy Analysts. Women Policy Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,770 - $83,075
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$38K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,422
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$14.77 - $38.36
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,770 - $83,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,855  
Total Pay (?
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$37,440 - $83,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 805
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $38.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.77  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,855  
   
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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$37,440 - $83,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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 Skills for Policy Analyst


Policy Analysts report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Legal Research, Project Management, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Community Outreach / Activism. Those proficient in Policy Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $51K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Policy Analysts, 20 percent higher than the national average. Policy Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), Oakland (+14 percent), Washington (+6 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (19 percent lower) and Atlanta (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Statistical Analysis
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Legal Research
up arrow 12%


Policy Analysis
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Research Analysis
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National Average
$54,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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