Contract Administrator Salary

Contract Administrators in the United States take home approximately $55K per year on average. Total incomes of Contract Administrators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $36K and $81K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and location. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Contract Administrators survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,799 - $81,320
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $55,372
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$14.78 - $30.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,799 - $81,320  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,026  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $8,197  
Commission
$970 - $20,608  
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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$35,830 - $80,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $30.06  
   
Overtime
$19.94 - $43.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,026  
   
Commission
$970 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $8,197  
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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$35,830 - $80,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027
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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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There are some Contract Administrators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Contracts Administrators, where earnings are an average $80K annually. The most common next step for a Contract Administrator is to become a Contracts Manager or a Contract Specialist. The former position pays an additional $25K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Contract Administrators include Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town ($75K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $45K to $94K. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at Lockheed Martin Corp ($64K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($64K), and United Technologies Corporation ($63K).

Other low-paying employers include IronPlanet at $56K and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc at $57K, though some Contract Administrators there earn up to $88K.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Procurement, Legal Compliance, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Contract Management also know Document Management and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Contract Negotiation are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Contract Administrator

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. Contract Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,779

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Contract Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Contract Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Huntsville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Contract Administrator Reviews

What is it like working as a Contract Administrator?

Contract Administrator in Gaithersburg:
"The Management."
Pros: It has prepared me for a career, I am grateful for the foundation it has given me since I intended to pursue this line of work.
Cons: There is no career development that comes with the job. In many ways, the management have prevented me from growing in my position. The most important fact about my dissatisfaction is the lack growth potential and the fact that I am grossly underpaid. I have no benefits whatsoever, I don't even get paid for national holidays.

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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 732 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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