Economist

Sacramento, CA


The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) is the California Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor. The LAO assists the Legislature with all aspects of the state budget process and provides independent analysis on various policy and public administration issues. We also advise voters of fiscal effects of ballot measures though the state’s Voter Information Guide.

We are seeking an economist to work in the areas of corporate taxation, business incentives, and tax administration. Prior work on these topics is not required. Key responsibilities include: quickly, pragmatically evaluating funding proposals for state programs; forecasting corporation tax revenues; advising the Legislature on corporate taxation, business incentives, and tax administration; and representing the office in public hearings, meetings, and media interviews. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively through clear, concise writing and oral presentations, primarily to lay audiences. Candidates also must be able to collaborate in a fast-paced, production-oriented environment.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary for the economist position is approximately $112,000 per year. The office will consider salaries that are above this amount, depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Salaries for economists range from $112,000 to $153,500 per year.

The LAO offers a comprehensive package of health, vision, dental, and retirement benefits (through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System), as well as vacation, sick leave, family leave, compensatory time off for overtime exceeding 40 hours annually, and about 13 holidays per year. Find additional information about benefits here.

Appointment Status

Permanent, full-time. Employees work from the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Telecommuting is offered most Mondays and Fridays, workload permitting.

Proposed Starting Date

As soon as possible.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and job market paper. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. References may be requested. Review of materials will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Please email your application packet to: lao.employment@lao.ca.gov.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the administrative coordinator, at sarah.barkman@lao.ca.gov.

We require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are entitled to reasonable accommodations under the law.

More Information

Watch a virtual recruitment panel presentation featuring analysts from our office here.


The California Legislative Analyst’s Office is an equal opportunity employer.