Median pay for Policy Analysts in the United States is around $54K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Policy Analysts is high. The majority of Policy Analysts (60 percent) who took the survey are female. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $54,485
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$14.77 - $35.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,172 - $79,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,311  
Profit Sharing
$5,896  
Total Pay (?
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$38,803 - $80,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $35.40  
   
Overtime
$1.29 - $59.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,311  
   
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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$38,803 - $80,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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


Although salaries only range from $52K to just $84K, Acumen LLC still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $65K.

Popular Skills for Policy Analyst


Survey results suggest that Policy Analysts use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Statistical Analysis, Project Management, 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, Lobbying, and Legislative Policy. Those educated in Policy Analysis tend to be well versed 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Policy Analysts make a median salary of $69K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,262

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

Home to some of the best pay for Policy Analysts, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Arlington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Policy Analysts is geography, with workers in Philadelphia earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers in Austin and Madison also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%



National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Policy Analysis
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$54,000

Technical Writing
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Legislative Policy
up arrow 4%

Lobbying
up arrow 15%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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