Contracting Officer Salary

Contracting Officers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $52K to $122K per year, median earnings come to $85K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Contracting Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Contracting Officers making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$55,615 - $121,442
$56K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,884
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$16.77 - $58.72
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$55,615 - $121,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$52,407 - $121,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$16.77 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $55.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
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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$52,407 - $121,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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


Many Contracting Officers can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of Veteran's Affairs, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Department of Defense offers the most; Contracting Officers earn $97K on average there.

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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Contractor Management. It is often found that people who know Contract Management are also skilled in Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

Pay by Experience for a Contracting Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Contracting Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Contracting Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Contracting Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 94 salaries. A Contracting Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,236

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

For Contracting Officers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Contracting Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), Albuquerque (+5 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Contracting Officer's salary, with Atlanta Contracting Officers earning salaries that are 36 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tucson (27 percent lower) and Dallas (26 percent lower).

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
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Contracting Officer Salaries

▲38%

▲7%

National Average
$84,000

▼3%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries



▲1%

National Average
$84,000

Contractor Management
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 8%
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