Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Contract Specialists lies in the neighborhood of $54K annually. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Contract Specialists range from $36K on the low end to $76K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $5K, respectively. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Contract Specialists (57 percent) survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Contract Specialists is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,572 - $75,795
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,705
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$13.09 - $29.85
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,572 - $75,795  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,023  
Profit Sharing
$752 - $5,022  
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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$35,616 - $76,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,039
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $29.85  
   
Overtime
$18.49 - $44.93  
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 - $8,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$752 - $5,022  
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).
)
$35,616 - $76,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Contract Specialists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Contract Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Raleigh and Huntsville (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Contract Specialist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Contract Specialist in Alexandria:
"Read, Learn, Ask Questions, Argue, Do."
Read the FAR and any supplement to it that your agency uses, learn to interpret and apply its content to your requirements, ask an expert, respectfully argue with the expert in order to find the truth, do it over and over until you are an expert at it and people will come to you for advice.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salaries

Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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Financial Analysis
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Proposal Writing
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$53,000

Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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