The average salary for a Policy Analyst is $57,695.
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Job Description for Policy Analyst
Policy analysts work by trying to change, adjust, or implement new public policies, regulations, and laws. They often work either directly in government or for non-government organizations which extensively lobby for policy adjustments. Even some for-profit companies use policy analysts to help steer regulation and political action in favorable ways. While some policy analysts are specialists within defined areas (such as energy policy and how it affects the energy industry), other analysts foc…Read more
Policy Analyst Tasks
- Review, evaluate, and monitor policies and legislation to determine their benefits, flaws, and impacts.
- Liaise with stakeholders to understand and document needs, concerns, and viewpoints.
- Gather, analyze, integrate, and report on quantitative and qualitative data.
- Formulate policy reports that synthesize information, benefit constituents, and display evidence.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Policy Analyst
The top respondents for the job title Policy Analyst are from the companies Acumen LLC, New America Foundation and RAND Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Government Accountability Office where the average pay is $78,541. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and RAND Corporation, earning around $71,216 and $66,133, respectively. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pays the lowest at around $52,072. New America Foundation and Acumen LLC also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $57,443 and $58,972, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Policy Analyst
Skills in Policy Analysis and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legislative Policy, Data Analysis and Research Analysis.
Pay by Experience Level for Policy Analyst
An entry-level Policy Analyst with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,666 based on 102 salaries. An early career Policy Analyst with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,299 based on 698 salaries. A mid-career Policy Analyst with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,955 based on 271 salaries. An experienced Policy Analyst with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,354 based on 116 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $70,000.
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Employees with Policy Analyst in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 20.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (7.1% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (5.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (16.3% less), Denver, Colorado (11.0% less) and Chicago, Illinois (8.4% less).
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