Policy Analyst Salary

Earnings for Policy Analysts in the United States come in at around $56K annually on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. More than half of Policy Analysts (62 percent) survey participants are women. For the most part, Policy Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,873 - $80,886
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$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $56,250
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$14.97 - $36.24
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$0$81K
Salary $39,873 - $80,886
Bonus $0.00 - $6,028
Profit Sharing $5,855
Total Pay (?
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$39,373 - $81,240
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 27 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,217
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $14.97 - $36.24
Overtime $0.75 - $65.25
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,028
Profit Sharing $5,855
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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$39,373 - $81,240
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 27 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 102

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$82K

$63,894

Acumen LLC
13 profiles
$63,235

$49,998

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: $55,893

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).

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Key Stats for Policy Analyst

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

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: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 8%