Contracting Officer Salary

The average Contracting Officer in the United States earns approximately $79K annually. Total cash compensation to Contracting Officers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $117K on the high end; the bigger paychecks include bonuses that can occasionally surpass $5K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Contracting Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 60 percent of Contracting Officers are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$46,878 - $116,055
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$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  
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$42,988 - $117,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $56.17  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $56.13  
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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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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Department of Defense offers the most; Contracting Officers earn $97K on average there.

Bringing up the rear, U.S. Air Force (USAF)'s median pay of $71K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $107K.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Contracting Officers usually report a few specific skills. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $79K. Contracting Officers bring in $88K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $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). One of the biggest compensable factors for Contracting Officers is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (20 percent lower) and Atlanta (17 percent lower).

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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