Foreign Service Officer Salary

For Foreign Service Officers, annual average wages total $86K per year. There are more male Foreign Service Officers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Foreign Service Officers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,465 - $133,262
MEDIAN: $86,446

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National Salary Data (?
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$52,465 - $133,262  
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$52,781 - $139,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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Survey takers who work as Foreign Service Officers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Oral / Verbal Communication, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and Foreign Languages can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Foreign Languages.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $71K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $92K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $114K. Foreign Service Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

Although Foreign Service Officers working in Washington have incomes that are slightly above the national average, geography doesn't actually seem to affect pay that much.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect 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 25 votes.


33 %
67 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 6%