Contract Administrator Salary

Average Contract Administrators in the United States make around $55K annually. Total cash compensation to Contract Administrators approaches anywhere from $36K on the lower end to $80K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Contract Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,458 - $80,975
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$38K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,044
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$14.64 - $29.70
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,458 - $80,975  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,024  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $7,830  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
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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$35,625 - $80,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,862
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $29.70  
   
Overtime
$19.67 - $43.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,024  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $7,830  
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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$35,625 - $80,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 902
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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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While Contract Administrators do not often become Senior Contracts Administrators, the job pays $80K per year on average. It is quite typical for Contract Administrators to transition into roles as Contracts Managers or Contract Specialists, where reported median earnings are $25K and $1K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators fill the offices of leading firms Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Lockheed Martin Corp. For Contract Administrators, comfortable salaries can be found at The Boeing Company; in fact, average earnings are around $77K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($46K versus $93K) is great. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Lockheed Martin Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Contract Administrators typically earn around $64K, $64K, or $63K, respectively.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $85K, BAE Systems Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $57K, the lowest in the field. Workers at General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, United Technologies Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $57K, $62K, and $63K 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, Contractor Management, Procurement, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 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. A tool kit that includes Contract Negotiation also typically contains 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. For Contract Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Contract Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Huntsville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in St. Louis and 6 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 747 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%
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