Senior Policy Analyst Salary

The average salary for a Senior Policy Analyst is $76,242 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$52,607 - $119,095
MEDIAN: $76,241

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$53,328 - $124,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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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

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

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 5%