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Contract Administrator Salary

Pay for Contract Administrators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $55K per year. The range in cash compensation to Contract Administrators ($35K to $80K) includes potential earnings of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Contract Administrators. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,006 - $80,167
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$38K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,582
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$14.49 - $29.70
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,006 - $80,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,951  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $6,061  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,500  
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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$35,363 - $79,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,781
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $29.70  
   
Overtime
$19.46 - $43.15  
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 - $5,951  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,500  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $6,061  
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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$35,363 - $79,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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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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Contract Administrators who go on to become Contract Negotiation Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Contract Negotiation Managers is $89K annually. Typical career progression for a Contract Administrator involves becoming a Contracts Manager or a Contract Specialist, roles that pay $25K more and $1K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Dominating the field, Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Contract Administrators. Although The Boeing Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $78K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $53K to $92K.

General Dynamics Information Technology Inc offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $57K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $33K and $88K.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Survey results imply that Contract Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Contractor Management, Legal Compliance, and Procurement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Office Administration, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Contract Management tend to be well versed in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $56K. Contract Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Contract Administrators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Contract Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+20 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Huntsville. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and St. Louis (10 percent lower and 5 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





Contract Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$53,000








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 836 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%