Foreign Service Officer Salary

Foreign Service Officers in the United States take home approximately $86K annually on average. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Foreign Service Officers are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while just under a half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$52,546 - $133,011

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$53,568 - $138,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Survey results show that Foreign Service Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Foreign Languages.

Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Foreign Service Officers. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $71K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $92K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

Foreign Service Officers in Washington make a little more than the national average; however, regional pay differences are not too considerable.

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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 26 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 7%