Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Entry-Level Contract Specialists. The median take-home amount in this area is around $51K, and on average, nearly three in five of that final number comes from commissions. In the world of Entry-Level Contract Specialists, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $73K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Contract Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Contract Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,784 - $74,217
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$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,465
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$12.99 - $28.94
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MEDIAN: $19.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,784 - $74,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,924  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,878  
Commission
$30,000  
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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$35,569 - $73,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 804
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $28.94  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $42.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,924  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,878  
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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$35,569 - $73,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the largest salaries in town ($61K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $35K to $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,560

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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Contract Specialists, 26 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Contract Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Norfolk and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 3 percent less than the median.

Contract Specialist Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Contract Specialist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Contract Specialist Salaries


Procurement
▲11%

Negotiation
▲11%


Financial Analysis
▲6%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲1%

Proposal Writing
▲1%

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Legal Research
▼1%


Legal Document Review
▼4%

Microsoft Excel
▼6%

Data Analysis
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%