Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Entry-Level Contract Specialists comes from commissions — close to three-fifths on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $50K. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Contract Specialists stretch from $35K on the lower end to $74K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Entry-Level Contract Specialists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,761 - $75,088
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$53K
$75K
MEDIAN: $52,616
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$13.41 - $29.42
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MEDIAN: $18.97
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$0$75K
Salary $38,761 - $75,088
Bonus $0.00 - $8,021
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,767
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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$35,104 - $74,097
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 832
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.41 - $29.42
Overtime $20.53 - $41.70
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,021
Commission $30,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,767
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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$35,104 - $74,097
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 257

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U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the most with a median salary of $61K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $35K to a high of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,493

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Contract Specialists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater 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). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Norfolk (3 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

Contract Specialist Advice

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

Contract Specialist in West Allis:
"Working between 60-70hrs a week. Feel taken advantage of."
Ask questions about your day to day work load, and specific job duties. My job duties were not clear in my interview, therefore I am not compensated for my actual job duties or the amount of time spent in the office and after hours working.

Contract Specialist in Mesa:
"Political and opaque."
In the VA the culture is very different from the VA.

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 171 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Contract Specialist Salaries

Negotiation
▲12%


Procurement
▲11%

Financial Analysis
▲7%



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲1%

Proposal Writing
▲1%

National Average
$50,000

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 171 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 12%
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