Foreign Service Officers in the United States pull down an average of $83K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. Men account for the majority of Foreign Service Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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MEDIAN: $83,119
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Foreign Service Officer

Most foreign service officers are diplomats who work for the State Department to propose and implement a variety of policies and resolutions, and prior experience and a bachelor's degree or higher in law, international relations, political science, economics, or a related field are generally required for this position.

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Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer

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


For many Foreign Service Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $70K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $78K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $118K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,205

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Foreign Service Officers working in Washington make a little more than the national average; however, geographic location doesn't seem to influence pay too heavily overall.

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Key Stats for Foreign Service Officer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

National Average
$83,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 36%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 9%

Foreign Languages (Latin based)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$83,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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