Contracting Officer Salary

Median pay for Contracting Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $78K per year. Cash earnings for Contracting Officers — which sometimes include more than $10K from bonuses — stretch from around $41K to approximately $117K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Contracting Officers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 62 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Contracting Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,436 - $114,536
(Median)
$45K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,767
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$13.85 - $55.97
(Median)
$14
$24
$56
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,436 - $114,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,633  
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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$41,441 - $117,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $55.97  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $50.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,633  
   
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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$41,441 - $117,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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


U.S. Army attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $91K.

While select U.S. Air Force (USAF) employees may bring in up to $113K, a median salary of only $69K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Survey results show that Contracting Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Procurement, Contract Negotiation, and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Contract Management are similarly competent in Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. Contracting Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $89K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $103K, a plump six-figure sum.

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). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Contracting Officers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Dallas and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries

Procurement
up arrow 26%


Contract Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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