Policy Analyst Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, approximately two-thirds of Policy Analysts report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $53,178 annually. Compensation generally starts at $36,465 and does not exceed $85,467 per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; the vast majority receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$36,465 - $85,467  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 709
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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  
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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

Policy Analysts seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. The majority of those who know Research Analysis also know Data Analysis and Legislative Policy. It is often found that people who know Policy Analysis are also skilled in Legislative Policy and Data Analysis.

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 salaries. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $50K to $60K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $79K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Policy Analysts at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $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. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, most land within this radius.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+14 percent), Oakland (+14 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Policy Analysts in Raleigh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 34 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (-16 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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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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National Average
$53,000
Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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