Contract Administrators in the United States can expect wages of $56K per year on average. Cash earnings for Contract Administrators — including $8K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $81K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but career duration and location are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number 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 76 percent. The majority of Contract Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,446 - $82,595
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,446 - $82,595  
   
Bonus
$693 - $8,180  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $9,983  
Commission
$6,983  
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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$36,379 - $80,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,052
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$19.99 - $44.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$693 - $8,180  
   
Commission
$6,983  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $9,983  
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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$36,379 - $80,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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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. Typical career progression for a Contract Administrator involves becoming a Contracts Manager or a Contract Specialist, roles that pay $25K more and $1K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Contract Administrators. Although The Boeing Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $73K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $46K to $103K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), where earnings of $71K, $64K, or $64K are standard for Contract Administrators.

Jones Lang LaSalle, Oracle Corp., and IronPlanet also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $52K, $55K, and $56K-paychecks on average.

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 Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Administration, Accounting, and Data Analysis. Those proficient in Contract Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Contract Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. On average, Contract Administrators make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $67K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,209

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

For Contract Administrators, working in the bustling city of Fairfax has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Contract Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Herndon (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Washington (+21 percent).

Contract Administrator Reviews

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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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 397 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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