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Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Contract Specialists lies in the neighborhood of $54K annually. Total incomes of Entry-Level Contract Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $35K and $76K. Most Entry-Level Contract Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Contract Specialists (58 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,427 - $75,624
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,729
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$13.26 - $29.61
(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
$38,427 - $75,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,905  
Profit Sharing
$759 - $5,011  
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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$35,484 - $76,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,023
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
$13.26 - $29.61  
   
Overtime
$18.73 - $45.14  
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 - $7,905  
   
Profit Sharing
$759 - $5,011  
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).
)
$35,484 - $76,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214

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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Contract Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Contract Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Contract Specialist's salary, with Austin Entry-Level Contract Specialists earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in San Antonio and Raleigh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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

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"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 270 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

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