Contract Administrator Salary

Contract Administrators in the United States pull down an average of $55K annually. Overall cash earnings for Contract Administrators stretch from $36K on the lower end to $81K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but years of experience and geography are influential factors as well. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Work is enjoyable for Contract Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,799 - $81,320
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$39K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,372
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$14.78 - $30.06
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MEDIAN: $20
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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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It's not very common for Contract Administrators to move on to become Senior Contracts Administrators. Average pay for a Senior Contracts Administrator is $80K annually. Contract Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Contracts Managers or Contract Specialists. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators flock to Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The Boeing Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $75K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $45K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $94K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Lockheed Martin Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and United Technologies Corporation, top-paying firms where Contract Administrators rake in a $64K, $64K, or $63K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include IronPlanet at $56K, and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc where $57K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Contract Administrators there earn up to $88K.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators seem to wield many 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Contract Management also know Document Management and Microsoft Excel. People who know Contract Negotiation usually also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Contract Administrator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,779

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

For Contract Administrators, Washington provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Huntsville.

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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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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