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Policy Analyst Salary

Pay for Policy Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $54K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Policy Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Policy Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,821 - $83,366
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$38K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,160
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$14.79 - $38.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,821 - $83,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,888  
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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$37,410 - $83,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 791
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $38.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,888  
   
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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$37,410 - $83,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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 imply that Policy Analysts put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Statistical Analysis, Project Management, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Community Outreach / Activism and Technical Writing. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $51K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $62K. For Policy Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $77K. 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


For Policy Analysts, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Policy Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), Oakland (+15 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Raleigh Policy Analysts earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Philadelphia and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%



National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 18%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 15%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$54,000

Legislative Policy
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
9%
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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