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Contract Administrator Salary

Earnings for Contract Administrators in the United States come in at around $55K annually on average. Overall compensation packages to Contract Administrators range from $36K on the low end to $81K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $6K and profit sharing that approaches $8K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $17K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Contract Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Contract Administrators making up 75 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,426 - $80,896
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,908
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$14.56 - $29.69
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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
$38,426 - $80,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,090  
Profit Sharing
$654 - $7,830  
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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$35,578 - $80,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,864
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $29.69  
   
Overtime
$19.67 - $43.19  
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 - $6,090  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$654 - $7,830  
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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$35,578 - $80,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 883

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Contract Administrators sometimes become Senior Contracts Administrators, where the average income is $80K per year. Contracts Managers or Contract Specialists are common next-step roles for Contract Administrators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Contracts Managers is $25K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for Contract Specialists.

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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. The Boeing Company pays the most with a median salary of $77K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $46K to a high of $93K.

While select BAE Systems Inc. employees may bring in up to $96K, a median salary of only $56K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Contractor Management, Procurement, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in 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.


For Contract Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. For Contract Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Contract Administrators that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Huntsville, 9 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 781 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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