Contract Administrator Salary

Contract Administrators in the United States pull down an average of $56K annually. Total cash earnings of Contract Administrators range from $37K on the low end to $81K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Contract Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Contract Administrators making up 77 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority 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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$39,682 - $83,059
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MEDIAN: $56,497
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$14.84 - $30.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,682 - $83,059  
   
Bonus
$693 - $7,888  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $9,668  
Commission
$6,104  
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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$36,549 - $80,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,947
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $30.01  
   
Overtime
$20.08 - $44.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$693 - $7,888  
   
Commission
$6,104  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $9,668  
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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$36,549 - $80,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 737

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Contract Administrator


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Though some Contract Administrators move into positions like Senior Contracts Administrator (where the average salary is $81K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Contract Administrator often leads to becoming a Contracts Manager or a Contract Specialist; median salaries in these positions are $25K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators flock to Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and The Boeing Company, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Northrop Grumman Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $71K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $53K or as much as $119K. Also paying near the top of the field are The Boeing Company at $69K, Lockheed Martin Corp at $64K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), where Contract Administrators annually earn $64K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Jones Lang LaSalle ($52K), Parker Hannifin Corp ($55K), and Oracle Corp. ($55K).

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Procurement, Contractor Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Contract Management indicates knowledge of Document Management and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Contract Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Contract Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Contract Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 1,422 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Contract Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 879 salaries. An experienced Contract Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 690 salaries. A Contract Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 264 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,264

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

For those looking to make money, Contract Administrators in Herndon enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Contract Administrator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Contract Administrator

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Contract Administrator Salaries

▲25%

▲13%

▲11%

National Average
$53,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Contract Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 14%
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