Contract Administrator Salary

Contract Administrators in the United States take home an average $55K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Contract Administrators can bottom out near $36K or peak near $81K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Job satisfaction for Contract Administrators is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,500 - $81,014
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$39K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,107
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$14.65 - $29.75
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,500 - $81,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,057  
Profit Sharing
$633 - $7,813  
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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$35,646 - $80,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,873
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $43.87  
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 - $6,057  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$633 - $7,813  
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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$35,646 - $80,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 903
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Contract Administrators move into roles as Senior Contracts Administrators, where pay is an average $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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Contract Administrators include Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Lockheed Martin Corp. The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town ($77K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $46K to $93K. Also paying near the top of the field are Lockheed Martin Corp at $64K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $64K, and United Technologies Corporation, where Contract Administrators annually earn $63K.

Offering a median salary of only $57K, BAE Systems Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $40K to $85K isn't that wide, either. Employees at General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and United Technologies Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $57K, $63K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Procurement, Contractor Management, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Contract Management also know 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.


For many Contract Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. Contract Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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


Contract Administrators will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Contract Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Huntsville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (7 percent less) and Phoenix (5 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





Contract Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 743 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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