Contracting Officer Salary

An average Contracting Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $79K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K, overall incomes of Contracting Officers generally spread between $43K and $117K depending on individual performance. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. The majority of Contracting Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. More than half of Contracting Officers (60 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,878 - $116,055
(Median)
$47K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,019
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$14.12 - $56.17
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$56
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,878 - $116,055  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$42,988 - $117,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $56.17  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $56.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$42,988 - $117,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 who go on to become Contracts Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Contracts Manager, an upper-level role, pays $78K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contracting Officer


Those at U.S. Department of Defense can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97K.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $71K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $31K and $107K.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Job skills reported by Contracting Officers are limited. Most notably, facility with Procurement, Contract Negotiation, and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people who know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Contracting Officers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $79K. Contracting Officers see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,031

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Contracting Officers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Contracting Officers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent) and Albuquerque (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Contracting Officer's salary, with Dallas Contracting Officers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 17 percent less, 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
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries

Procurement
up arrow 25%


Contract Management
up arrow 4%

Contractor Management
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National Average
$78,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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