Contracting Officers in the United States take home approximately $84K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Contracting Officers generally runs between $49K and $122K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Most Contracting Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Contracting Officers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,012 - $121,191
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$53K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,142
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$16.87 - $59.00
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$17
$25
$59
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,012 - $121,191  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$49,478 - $121,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.87 - $59.00  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$49,478 - $121,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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. Air Force (USAF), Department of Veteran's Affairs, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy are all popular places to work. Contracting Officers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Department of Defense, where the average salary comes to $97K.

With a median salary of only $70K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $30K to $97K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Survey takers who work as Contracting Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Procurement, Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, 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. Those familiar with Contract Management also tend to know Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

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


For many Contracting Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $82K. For Contracting Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $117K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,320

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

With a pay rate for Contracting Officers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Contracting Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), Albuquerque (+6 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Contracting Officers in Dallas make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (25 percent lower) and Atlanta (22 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
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National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries


Contract Negotiation
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Contract Management
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National Average
$83,000

Contractor Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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