Foreign Service Officer Salary
Foreign Service Officers in the United States can expect wages of $83K per year on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Foreign Service Officers are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$51,415 - $118,355|
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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.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.
Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer
Pay by Experience for a Foreign Service Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Foreign Service Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Foreign Service Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Foreign Service Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 8 salaries. A Foreign Service Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $153,000 based on 12 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
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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