Policy Analyst Salary

Median pay for Policy Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Policy Analysts is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,124 - $83,104
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$38K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,909
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$14.85 - $35.75
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,124 - $83,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
Profit Sharing
$5,967  
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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$38,004 - $83,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 935
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,967  
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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$38,004 - $83,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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


With a median salary of $65K, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) provides Policy Analysts with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $96K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Policy Analyst


Policy Analysts report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Lobbying, Statistical Analysis, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Community Outreach / Activism. 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.


Policy Analysts with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. Policy Analysts bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,519

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

For those looking to make money, Policy Analysts in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oakland (+14 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Portland (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Policy Analysts is geography, with workers in Raleigh earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%



National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Lobbying
up arrow 26%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 14%

Legal Research
up arrow 8%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
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National Average
$55,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 3%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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