Contracting Officer Salary

Median pay for Contracting Officers in the United States is around $84K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Contracting Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Contracting Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,792 - $121,137
$54K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,354
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$16.70 - $61.04
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MEDIAN: $24.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$53,792 - $121,137  
   
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$0.00 - $3,034  
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$50,214 - $122,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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Hourly Rate
$16.70 - $61.04  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $55.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,034  
   
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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$50,214 - $122,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Contracting Officer


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Many Contracting Officers move into a Contracts Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Contracts Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Contracting Officers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contracting Officer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Contracting Officers, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of Veteran's Affairs, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy are leading firms in the industry. For Contracting Officers, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Department of Defense; in fact, median earnings sit around $97K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Survey results show that Contracting Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, Procurement, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Contractor Management. The majority of those 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $90K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $116K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,669

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Contracting Officers, 38 percent above the national average. Contracting Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), Albuquerque (+5 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 36 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tucson and Dallas (26 percent less).

Contracting Officer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Contracting Officer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Contracting Officer Salaries

▲39%

▲8%

National Average
$84,000

▼2%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries



▲1%

National Average
$84,000

Contractor Management
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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