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Foreign Service Officer Salary

Foreign Service Officers in the United States pull down an average of $88K per year. Foreign Service Officers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while just under a half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. Work is enjoyable for Foreign Service Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$51,238 - $138,912
MEDIAN: $87,797

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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.
$51,238 - $138,912  
$0.00 - $25,342  
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).
$52,300 - $143,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Foreign Service Officers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Foreign Languages. Experience with Foreign Languages is often linked with knowledge of Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer

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

Foreign Service Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $70K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $92K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $116K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $150K.

Pay Difference by Location

Foreign Service Officers working in Washington earn a little more than the national average. That said, location does not seem to play a huge role in determining pay for this role.

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Experience Affects Foreign Service Officer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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National Average

Foreign Languages (Latin based)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.


34 %
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 6%