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Average Policy Analyst Salary

$59,437
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,020
Bonus
$5,000
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The average salary for a Policy Analyst is $59,437.
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$43k
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$59k
90%
$83k
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What Do Policy Analysts Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Policy Analyst

3.7 out of 5
(156)
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The top respondents for the job title Policy Analyst are from the companies Acumen LLC, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and New America Foundation. 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 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and New America Foundation, earning around $64,000 and $59,496, respectively. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pays the lowest at around $52,072. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA) and Center For American Progress also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,480 and $57,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Policy Analysts?

Skills in Policy Analysis, Data Analysis and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legislative Policy and Research Analysis.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Policy Analysts?

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 $50,861 based on 97 salaries. An early career Policy Analyst with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,865 based on 629 salaries. A mid-career Policy Analyst with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,513 based on 254 salaries. An experienced Policy Analyst with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,869 based on 99 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $78,987.
Employees with Policy Analyst in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 20.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (6.0% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (18.8% less), Denver, Colorado (12.9% less) and Chicago, Illinois (11.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,103 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.8%
Early Career
57.0%
Mid Career
23.0%
Experienced
9.0%
Late Career
2.2%