Policy Analyst Salary

Earnings for Policy Analysts in the United States come in at around $54K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women Policy Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,530 - $83,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,837  
Profit Sharing
$3,833 - $10,000  
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$37,439 - $83,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 818
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $38.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,837  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,833 - $10,000  
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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$37,439 - $83,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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 suggest that Policy Analysts use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Legal Research, Project Management, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Community Outreach / Activism. 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $62K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Policy Analysts with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Policy Analysts, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oakland (+14 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Policy Analysts in Raleigh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Philadelphia and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 14%

Legal Research
up arrow 9%


Policy Analysis
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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