Pay for Contract Administrators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Contract Administrators can bottom out near $36K or peak near $81K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though career length and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The majority of Contract Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,497 - $83,034
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MEDIAN: $56,125
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$14.75 - $29.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,497 - $83,034  
   
Bonus
$725 - $7,888  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $9,766  
Commission
$6,104  
Total Pay (?
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$36,351 - $80,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,045
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $29.96  
   
Overtime
$19.97 - $44.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$725 - $7,888  
   
Commission
$6,104  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $9,766  
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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$36,351 - $80,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 762

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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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While Contract Administrators do not often become Senior Contracts Administrators, the job pays $80K per year on average. 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


Many Contract Administrators can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and The Boeing Company, firms that are at the top of the field. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($71K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $51K to $119K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), where Contract Administrators typically earn around $71K, $64K, or $64K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Jones Lang LaSalle ($52K), Parker Hannifin Corp ($54K), and Oracle Corp. ($55K).

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 Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with 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 Contract Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. 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 $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,007

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Contract Administrators, 31 percent above the national average. Contract Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Fairfax (+26 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Huntsville (+15 percent).

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

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 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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Key Stats for Contract Administrator

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 396 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Contract Administrator Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 396 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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