Foreign Service Officer Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Foreign service officers may be able to tele-commute, but approvals are needed to work outside of their office environment. They may assist their department chief in establishing policies, such as commercial trade controls related to a region or country, and they also defend policy positions to other government agencies, non-governmental partners, or foreign government officials. Foreign service officers must have excellent communication and diplomatic skills, and public speaking and presentation skills are also necessary. They must also pass a drug test, background check, and high security clearance to fulfill the position.
Candidates must pass rigorous tests and interviews, and upholding confidentiality is of the utmost importance. They must also be flexible to receive work-related phone calls outside of office hours. They are often required to travel domestically or to foreign countries, and some may need to pass probationary periods and eventually support other officers and train, coach, and mentor new and junior officers.
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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
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.