Entry-Level Policy Analyst Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Policy Analysts is around $52K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Policy Analysts. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Entry-Level Policy Analysts survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,581 - $72,167
$39K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,084
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$14.54 - $30.91
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MEDIAN: $19.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,581 - $72,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$5,896  
Total Pay (?
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$38,031 - $72,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 478
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $30.91  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
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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$38,031 - $72,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,873

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For Entry-Level Policy Analysts, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Policy Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Washington (+3 percent). Entry-Level Policy Analysts in Raleigh make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Philadelphia and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Policy Analyst Advice

Q: 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
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
13%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Statistical Analysis
▲8%

Technical Writing
▲3%





National Average
$52,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 7%