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Policy Analyst Salary (United States)

Just under two-thirds of Policy Analysts report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $53K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Policy Analyst Salary (?
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$36,994 - $84,832
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MEDIAN: $53,386
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Policy Analyst Salary (?
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$11.90 - $39.16
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,994 - $84,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
Profit Sharing
$4,183 - $8,000  
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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$36,465 - $85,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 709
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $39.16  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $24.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,183 - $8,000  
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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$36,465 - $85,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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

Survey results show that Policy Analysts use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Legal Research, Project Management, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Policy Analysis are similarly competent in Legislative Policy and Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Research 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $60K. Policy Analysts bring in $79K after working for 10 to 20 years. Policy Analysts with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $80K. A fair portion of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Oakland
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Dallas
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San Francisco
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Portland
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Boston
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National Average
$53,000
Columbus
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Chicago
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Denver
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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Raleigh
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For Policy Analysts, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Dallas, Oakland, Washington, and San Francisco, top-paying markets where Policy Analysts rake in more than the national norm (+14 percent, +14 percent, +10 percent, and +8 percent). Policy Analysts in Raleigh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 34 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Philadelphia and 12 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%
National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Legal Research
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Legislative Policy
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Technical Writing
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Research Analysis
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National Average
$53,000
Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%