Foreign Service Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $80K annually. Nearly all enjoy medical while a little more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. Most Foreign Service Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Foreign Service Officers survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$50,495 - $125,036
MEDIAN: $79,681

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$50,495 - $125,036  
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$50,495 - $133,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Foreign Service Officers. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $74K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $77K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $120K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,681

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Foreign Service Officers working in Washington earn a bit more than the national average, but overall, earnings in this area are not heavily influenced by geographic location.

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Skills That Affect Foreign Service Officer Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 8%