Foreign Service Officer Salary

Foreign Service Officers in the United States take home an average $86K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while slightly less than one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. The majority of Foreign Service Officers (66 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Foreign Service Officers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,867 - $133,011
MEDIAN: $86,212

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$51,867 - $133,011  
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$52,842 - $138,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Foreign Service Officers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Foreign Languages.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $92K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $153K on average.

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.

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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 25 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: 38% employee benefits None: 7%