Contracting Officer Salary

The average Contracting Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $78K per year. Total cash earnings of Contracting Officers range from $42K on the low end to $116K on the high end; the final amount includes bonuses that can sometimes (albeit rarely) exceed $8K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most Contracting Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of Contracting Officers (61 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$45,673 - $113,881

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$14.24 - $56.11

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,673 - $113,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,054  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$41,903 - $116,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 326
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.24 - $56.11  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $50.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$41,903 - $116,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Contracting Officer

Being a contracting officer is an extremely important position. These officers perform various duties, usually for a government organization such as the Department of Defense. They help make sure that units are well-stocked by managing multiple contracts with suppliers for items such as commodities, services, and any construction projects that may be occurring. A contracting officer is the person who negotiates the contracts for these things and is integral to maintaining a budget.

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Contracting Officer Tasks

  • Ensure governmental/organizational requirements are met.
  • Oversee and support administrative processes.
  • Solicit, negotiate and procure/award contracts.

Common Career Paths for Contracting Officer


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Contracting Officers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Contracts Manager. Median pay for Contracts Managers is $78K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contracting Officer


U.S. Army leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $91K.

Employees of U.S. Air Force (USAF) can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $65K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $30K to $107K.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Contracting Officers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Lucky workers who know Procurement can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Contract Negotiation and Contract Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 26 percent. Most people familiar with Contract Management also know Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Contracting Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $79K. Contracting Officers see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Contracting Officers, 25 percent higher than the national average. Contracting Officers will also find cushy salaries in Albuquerque (+14 percent) and New York (+8 percent). Contracting Officers in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Denver (20 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

Contracting Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Contracting Officer?

Contracting Officer in Baton Rouge:
"Thorough And Detailed Oriented Job."
Pros: Research and meeting the needs of requestors.
Cons: Lateness of turning in documents.

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Experience Affects Contracting Officer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries

Procurement
up arrow 26%

Contract Management
up arrow 4%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%
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