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Contracting Officer Salary

For Contracting Officers, yearly average wages total $77K annually. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. For the most part, Contracting Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Contracting Officers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,292 - $114,280
(Median)
$45K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,795
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50%
90%

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$13.85 - $55.97
(Median)
$14
$24
$56
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$45,292 - $114,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,633  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$41,355 - $117,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $55.97  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $53.85  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,633  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
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).
)
$41,355 - $117,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Contracts Manager. Median pay for Contracts Managers is $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.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $70K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $30K to $118K.


Survey takers who work as Contracting Officers report a focused set of job skills. Contract Negotiation and Contract Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Contract Management to be familiar with Contract Negotiation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

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


Contracting Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $78K. Contracting Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Contracting Officers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Contracting Officers will also find cushy salaries in Albuquerque (+15 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Dayton also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 8 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
$76,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries



National Average
$76,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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