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Policy Analyst Salary

Policy Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Most Policy Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$37,621 - $83,338
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$38K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $53,991
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$14.77 - $36.06
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,621 - $83,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,239  
Total Pay (?
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$37,256 - $83,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 762
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Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.61  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,239  
   
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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$37,256 - $83,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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


Policy Analysts report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Project Management, Policy Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Community Outreach / Activism and Technical Writing. Most people skilled in Policy 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 an important factor influencing the compensation of Policy Analysts. The average inexperienced worker earns $51K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $80K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Policy Analysts, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Oakland (+15 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Portland (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Philadelphia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (14 percent lower) and Madison (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%



National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 19%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$54,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 8%