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Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

The average Entry-Level Contract Specialist can expect to rake in roughly $54K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Contract Specialists approaches anywhere from $35K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Contract Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Entry-Level Contract Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,398 - $75,649
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,823
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50%
90%

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$13.42 - $29.49
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
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
$38,398 - $75,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,933  
Profit Sharing
$762 - $5,006  
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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$35,451 - $76,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,008
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.42 - $29.49  
   
Overtime
$18.63 - $45.08  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$762 - $5,006  
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).
)
$35,451 - $76,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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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, 25 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Contract Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+21 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Workers in Raleigh and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 7 percent less, 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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Proposal Writing
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Financial Analysis
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$53,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

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