Entry-Level Policy Analyst Salary

An average Entry-Level Policy Analyst can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,390 - $71,704
$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,368
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$14.54 - $30.81
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MEDIAN: $19.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,390 - $71,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,110  
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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$37,673 - $71,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $30.81  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,110  
   
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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$37,673 - $71,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,260

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Policy Analysts that is 30 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Policy Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Oakland (+24 percent), Boston (+6 percent), Columbus (+3 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Entry-Level Policy Analysts in Raleigh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Philadelphia and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 14 percent less, 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
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 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
▲9%



Technical Writing
▲2%


Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$51,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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