The average salary for a Senior Policy Analyst is $76,759 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$53,605 - $122,351
MEDIAN: $76,759

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$53,419 - $128,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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Job Description for Senior Policy Analyst

A senior policy analyst works to ensure that government and corporate policies achieve desired effects and meet minimum levels of efficiency. The analyst is a specialized project manager, and they generally assess the efficacy of programs and policies (often those run by the government). After identifying a program or policy to examine, the senior policy analyst develops a project plan, defining what data must be gathered and what metrics must be examined. After developing a project plan, the senior policy analyst delegates tasks to team members, which may include gathering a specific data set or monitoring the performance of a specific system.


Senior Policy Analyst Tasks

  • Analyze budgets and performance trend data.
  • Assist in drafting bills and in the decision-making process.
  • Assess the impact of proposed legislation and prepare fiscal estimates.
  • Present analyses and recommendations to committees.

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Experience Affects Senior Policy Analyst Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Policy Analyst Salaries

Technical Writing
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Research Analysis
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Project Management

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Policy Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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based on 31 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%