Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

For Entry-Level Contract Specialists, yearly average wages total $54K annually. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Contract Specialists varies from around $36K to approximately $77K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $5K, respectively. Most Entry-Level Contract Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women Entry-Level Contract Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,563 - $75,791
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,596
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90%

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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
$38,563 - $75,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,038  
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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$35,599 - $76,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,036
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $29.85  
   
Overtime
$18.45 - $44.96  
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 - $8,038  
   
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).
)
$35,599 - $76,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Entry-Level Contract Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Contract Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers 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 249 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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