Policy Analyst Salary (United States)

65 percent of Policy Analysts are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $53,178 per year. The top of the range reaches $85,467 per year, and the bottom approaches $36,465. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Almost all workers enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Policy Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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 suggest that Policy Analysts put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. For most people, competency in Policy Analysis indicates knowledge of Legislative Policy and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Research Analysis are similarly competent 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 is important when determining pay for Policy Analysts. Salaries increase to $60K from around $50K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $79K. Salary increase slows as Policy Analysts pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $80K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. The greater part of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$53,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Policy Analysts, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+14 percent), Oakland (+14 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Place of residency plays a huge part in a Policy Analyst's salary, with Raleigh Policy Analysts earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (-16 percent) and Los Angeles (-12 percent).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Legal Research
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Technical Writing
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Research Analysis
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$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%