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Contract Administrator Salary

The average Contract Administrator in the United States earns approximately $55K per year. In the world of Contract Administrators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $80K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Contract Administrators making up 76 percent. Most Contract Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,379 - $80,823
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$38K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,856
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$14.64 - $29.76
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,379 - $80,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,072  
Profit Sharing
$652 - $7,275  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
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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$35,606 - $80,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,850
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $29.76  
   
Overtime
$19.81 - $43.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,072  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$652 - $7,275  
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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$35,606 - $80,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 876

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Job Description for Contract Administrator

A contract administrator oversee the specific mandates in a contract and make sure that all parties involved fulfill obligations to which they agreed. The contract administrator must know the ins and outs of a contract and ensure all sides adhere to its specific terms, conditions, rights, and obligations. It is also the administrator's responsibility to coordinate any changes that may transpire, and to make sure that those changes are agreed upon by all involved. When the contract has been fulfilled, the contract administrator will complete a closeout process to ensure that the contract has been ended in an appropriate manner.

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Contract Administrator Tasks

  • Review and negotiate contractual details, including specifications, price, date of delivery and contractual provisions.
  • Prepares proposal for major contracts.

Common Career Paths for Contract Administrator


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While not commonly seen, Contract Administrators who transition into a Senior Contracts Administrator position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Contracts Administrators is $80K per year. Contract Administrators most often move into positions as Contracts Managers or Contract Specialists; those groups report median salaries that are $25K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Many Contract Administrators can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Although The Boeing Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $77K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $46K to $93K.

BAE Systems Inc. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $56K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $41K and $96K.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Procurement, Contractor Management, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Contract Negotiation also know Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Contract Management also tend to know Document Management and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Contract Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Contract Administrators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Contract Administrators make a median salary of $60K. Contract Administrators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Contract Administrators, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Contract Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Huntsville. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (7 percent less) and Phoenix (6 percent less).

Contract Administrator Reviews

What is it like working as a Contract Administrator?

Contract Administrator in Rockford:
"High stress, high reward."
Pros: Opportunity for growth and development in role, flex environment for schedules.
Cons: High stress, unobtainable deadlines from customers.

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Experience Affects Contract Administrator Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Contract Administrator Salaries





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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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$53,000








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 787 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%
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