Contract Administrator Salary

Contract Administrators in the United States can expect wages of $58K annually on average. Total incomes of Contract Administrators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $82K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for Contract Administrators is high. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,282 - $83,571
$40K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $57,532
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$14.95 - $30.23
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MEDIAN: $20.30
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$0$83K
Salary $40,282 - $83,571
Bonus $623 - $7,728
Profit Sharing $850 - $9,000
Commission $6,068
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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$37,009 - $81,683
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,010
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $14.95 - $30.23
Overtime $20.16 - $44.47
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $623 - $7,728
Commission $6,068
Profit Sharing $850 - $9,000
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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$37,009 - $81,683
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 757

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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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Contract Administrators who advance into the role of a Senior Contracts Administrator are fairly uncommon. Senior Contracts Administrators on average earn $81K per year. Moving from a Contract Administrator to Contracts Manager or Contract Specialist is a more common career path, however.

Contract Administrator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Contract Administrators include Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and The Boeing Company. Contract Administrators flock to Northrop Grumman Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $71K lead the pack in compensation; however, Northrop Grumman Corporation also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $53K at one end to $119K at the other end. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Boeing Company at $69K, Lockheed Martin Corp at $64K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), where Contract Administrators annually earn $64K.

Workers at Jones Lang LaSalle, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Oracle Corp. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $52K, $55K, and $55K respectively.

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, Procurement, Contractor Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Contract Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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: $54,007

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

For Contract Administrators, Herndon provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 5 percent below the national average.

Contract Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Contract Administrator?

Contract Administrator in New York:
"I need to make more money, but..."
Pros: My boss, flexibility with hours, commute.
Cons: PTO is minimal. Salary increases are embarrassingly low.

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 Denver:
"Hectic EOQ's but fun because I live for puzzles."
Pros: Autonomy ... Leadership support ... My team.
Cons:

Contract Administrator in Andover:
"NA."
Pros: Communication.
Cons: Deadline.

Contract Administrator in Fairfax:
"Government Wide Acquisition Contracts."
Pros: Flexible schedule.
Cons: Pay. No travel. No perks.

Contract Administrator in Irvine:
"Corprate Culture."
Pros: Work Flexibility.
Cons: Medical insurance is too high and the pay is not great.

Contract Administrator in Phoenix:
Pros: The culture.
Cons: The lack of growth, superiors lack of vision and ability for change, some of the people.

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Key Stats for Contract Administrator

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 458 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Contract Administrator Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲9%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Contract Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 458 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 14%
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