$56,446
Avg. Salary
$20.95
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,554

Bonus

$5,872

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Policy Analyst is $20.95 per hour.

The average pay for a Policy Analyst is $56,446 per year.

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$0$80K
Salary $40,234 - $80,462
Bonus $0.00 - $5,951
Profit Sharing $927 - $10,033
Total Pay (?
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$39,785 - $80,779
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,182
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $14.91 - $34.77
Overtime $18.12 - $72.01
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,951
Profit Sharing $927 - $10,033
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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$39,785 - $80,779
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 96

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.

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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.

Policy Analyst Pay By Employer

$0$84K

Acumen LLC
17 profiles
$60,816

$64,147

$49,998

Common Career Paths for Policy Analyst


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Policy Analysts might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Policy Analyst, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $77K per year.

Policy Analyst Job Listings

Popular Skills for Policy Analyst


Survey results imply that Policy Analysts deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Policy Development, Legal Research, Statistical Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Community Outreach / Activism as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Lobbying and Legislative Policy also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Policy Analysis also know Data Analysis and Legislative Policy.

Pay by Experience Level for Policy Analyst

Pay by Experience for a Policy Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Policy Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 515 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Policy Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 165 salaries. An experienced Policy Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 81 salaries. A Policy Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 24 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,956

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Policy Analysts, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Madison (15 percent lower) and Atlanta (14 percent lower).

Policy Analyst Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Policy Analyst?

Policy Analyst in Philadelphia:
"Overworked and Underpaid."
Pros: I can work independently, I am trusted to produce important work, I am mostly left alone to do my job.
Cons: I am underpaid, management is inept, perks are being taken away at an alarming pace.

Policy Analyst in Montgomery:
"Strive, Achieve & Excell."
Students should stirred to produce the best results possible. Achieve something every day. Excell at something.

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.

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Key Stats for Policy Analyst

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Policy Analyst Salaries

▲40%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$56,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Policy Analyst Salaries

Policy Development
▲10%

Legal Research
▲5%


Statistical Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$56,000


Policy Analysis
▼2%

Data Analysis
▼2%

Technical Writing
▼3%


Lobbying
▼18%

Community Outreach / Activism
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%