Pay for Contracting Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $84K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Most Contracting Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up a slight majority of Contracting Officers (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,065 - $121,757
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$84K
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MEDIAN: $84,486
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$16.75 - $60.82
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MEDIAN: $24.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$53,065 - $121,757  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $5,364  
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$50,123 - $122,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247
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Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $60.82  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $54.63  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $5,364  
   
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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$50,123 - $122,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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For Contracting Officers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Contracting Officers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Contracts Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Contracting Officer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Contracting Officers include U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of Veteran's Affairs, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy. For Contracting Officers, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Department of Defense; in fact, median earnings sit around $97K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Typical Contracting Officers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Procurement, Contract Management, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Contractor Management. For most people, competency in Contract Management indicates knowledge of Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

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


Contracting Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. Contracting Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $92K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,735

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

Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Contracting Officers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Contracting Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), Albuquerque (+5 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 31 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (26 percent lower) and Denver (25 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
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Contracting Officer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$84,000



Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries




National Average
$84,000

Contractor Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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