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Contracting Officer Salary

The average Contracting Officer in the United States earns approximately $77K annually. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Contracting Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Contracting Officers (61 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,836 - $114,029
(Median)
$46K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,658
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$13.81 - $54.68
(Median)
$14
$24
$55
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$45,836 - $114,029  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
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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$41,565 - $117,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $54.68  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
   
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).
)
$41,565 - $117,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at U.S. Army — the median salary there is $91K.


Contracting Officers only report a few specific skills. Contract Negotiation and Contract Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Contract Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Contract Negotiation.

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 $77K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Contracting Officers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Contracting Officers will also find cushy salaries in Albuquerque (+16 percent) and New York (+1 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Dayton and San Antonio.

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 1%

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 93 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%