Contract Administrator Salary

Earnings for Contract Administrators in the United States come in at around $55K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $6K, $8K, and $17K, respectively — total cash payment to Contract Administrators can bottom out near $36K or top out at around $80K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Job satisfaction for Contract Administrators is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Contract Administrators making up 75 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,638 - $80,952

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$14.66 - $29.58

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,638 - $80,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,055  
Profit Sharing
$654 - $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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$35,692 - $80,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,874
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $29.58  
   
Overtime
$19.81 - $43.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,055  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$654 - $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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$35,692 - $80,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 910
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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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Contract Administrators who advance into the role of a Senior Contracts Administrator are fairly uncommon. Senior Contracts Administrators on average earn $80K per year. 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


Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Lockheed Martin Corp are all popular places to work. Contract Administrators flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $76K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Boeing Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $46K at one end to $92K at the other end. Soaring salaries can also be found at Lockheed Martin Corp, United Technologies Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where earnings of $64K, $63K, or $63K are standard for Contract Administrators.

Offering only $57K on average, BAE Systems Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $40K on the lower end and $85K on the higher end. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include General Dynamics Information Technology Inc at $57K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $59K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Contract Administrators there earn up to $100K.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Survey results imply that Contract Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Contract Management indicates knowledge of Document Management and 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $56K. Contract Administrators bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Contract Administrators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Huntsville is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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 731 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
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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