Policy analysts research complex problems, recommend solutions, and work to influence social and political decisions. They are employed by think tanks, government agencies, trade associations, colleges and universities, and corporations. Policy analysts are also known as policy experts, policy fellows, and policy researchers.
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Policy analysts earned median annual salaries of $58,926 in May 2020, according to Glassdoor, Inc. Earnings ranged from $42,000 to $80,000. As in all occupations, salaries vary by the organization’s size and budget and the analyst’s job title and level of experience.
Senior policy analysts who work for the federal government earn salaries at the GS-15 level, which ranged from $109,366 to...
Policy analysts work in typical business settings that are equipped with modern office equipment and technology. Most work 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday, although some may work at night and on weekends to conduct time-sensitive research, draft important reports, or speak at conferences. At large think tanks, senior policy analysts may be assisted by research assistants and administrat...
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide an employment outlook for the general career field of policy analyst, but it does provide employment predictions for specialized workers—such as economists and political scientists—who conduct public policy–related research as part of their jobs. It reports that employment for political scientists is expected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 202...