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Contracting Officer Salary

The average Contracting Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $77K per year. 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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Contracting Officers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,302 - $113,622
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $77,060
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$13.51 - $53.86
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,302 - $113,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,022  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $16,000  
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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$42,078 - $117,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.51 - $53.86  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $54.51  
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 - $10,022  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $16,000  
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).
)
$42,078 - $117,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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 transition into an upper level Contracts Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Contracts Manager makes $78K a year.

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For Contracting Officers, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Army; in fact, median earnings sit around $91K, the highest in the area.


Contracting Officers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Contract Negotiation and Contract Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Contract Management tend to be skilled in Contract Negotiation as well.

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 beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $79K. Contracting Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $97K on average.

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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries



National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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