Contract Administrator Salary

Median pay for Contract Administrators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Contract Administrators — as high as $6K, $7K and $14K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $35K to $80K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Contract Administrators. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Contract Administrators making up 76 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,273 - $80,474
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$38K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,818
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$14.55 - $29.76
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$20
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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
$38,273 - $80,474  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,055  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $7,167  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,426  
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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$35,472 - $80,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,825
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $29.76  
   
Overtime
$19.55 - $43.83  
National Annualized 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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,055  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,426  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $7,167  
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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$35,472 - $80,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 864

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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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As Contract Administrators transition into upper-level roles such as Contract Negotiation Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Contract Negotiation Managers earn $89K on average per year. When Contract Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Contracts Managers or Contract Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $25K and $1K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Contract Administrators include Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. Contract Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $77K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($52K) and those starting out ($93K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Offering a median salary of only $57K, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $33K to $88K isn't that wide, either.

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, Legal Compliance, and Procurement 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, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis. For most people, competency in Contract Management indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Contract Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Contract Administrators bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $65K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 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 (+24 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). In Huntsville, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (9 percent less) and St. Louis (6 percent less).

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 803 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%