Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

Entry-Level Contract Specialists take home an average $54K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Contract Specialists — including $8K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $76K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Contract Specialists is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women Entry-Level Contract Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,738 - $75,934
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $54,044
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$13.15 - $30.41
(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 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,738 - $75,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,619  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,838  
Commission
$500  
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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$35,712 - $76,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$17.97 - $45.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,619  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,838  
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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$35,712 - $76,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,215

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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Contract Specialists, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Contract Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Washington (+22 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Workers in Raleigh and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 11 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 Contract Specialist Salaries


Negotiation
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Legal Document Review
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Procurement
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Financial Analysis
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Legal Compliance
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Proposal Writing
up arrow 6%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$52,000

Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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