An average Policy Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Policy Analysts. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,335 - $79,308
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MEDIAN: $54,472
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,335 - $79,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
Profit Sharing
$5,896  
Total Pay (?
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$39,065 - $79,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 654
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $34.30  
   
Overtime
$22.51 - $74.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,896  
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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$39,065 - $79,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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

  • 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.
  • Gather, analyze, integrate, and report on quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Formulate policy reports that synthesize information, benefit constituents, and display evidence.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Policy Analyst


Acumen LLC attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $66K.

Popular Skills for Policy Analyst


Policy Analysts report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Project Management, Statistical Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Community Outreach / Activism and Lobbying. It is often found that people who know Policy Analysis are 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Policy Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,204

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

For those looking to make money, Policy Analysts in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Arlington (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Columbus (+9 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Policy Analysts in Philadelphia earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (14 percent less) and Madison (13 percent less).

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Key Stats for Policy Analyst

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%
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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

Legal Research
up arrow 9%


Statistical Analysis
up arrow 3%


Policy Analysis
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$54,000



Lobbying
up arrow 15%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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