Policy Analyst Salary

An average Policy Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Policy Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,601 - $83,297
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$38K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,322
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$14.77 - $38.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,601 - $83,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,795  
Profit Sharing
$3,833 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$37,381 - $83,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 815
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $38.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,795  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,833 - $10,000  
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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$37,381 - $83,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Survey results show that Policy Analysts use a fair number of 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 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Community Outreach / Activism. For most people, competency in Policy Analysis indicates knowledge of 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $62K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Policy Analysts make a median salary of $77K. 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 $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Policy Analysts in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Oakland (+14 percent), Washington (+7 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 (20 percent lower) and Atlanta (14 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
up arrow 14%

Legal Research
up arrow 9%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$54,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
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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