Entry-Level Policy Analysts can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,241 - $72,415
$38K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,539
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$14.52 - $30.77
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,241 - $72,415  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
Profit Sharing
$5,896  
Total Pay (?
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$37,391 - $72,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $30.77  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $56.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,896  
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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$37,391 - $72,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,351

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Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Entry-Level Policy Analysts in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Policy Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Washington (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Raleigh Entry-Level Policy Analysts earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (18 percent lower) and Portland (14 percent lower).

Policy Analyst Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Policy Analyst in Madison:
"Be a generalist."
I would recommend developing hard skills like cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, and policy analysis to make yourself marketable to a broad range of government agencies.

Key Stats for Policy Analyst

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 9%

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$51,000

Legislative Policy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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