Foreign Service Officer Salary

Pay for Foreign Service Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $89K per year. More than half of Foreign Service Officers (68 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Foreign Service Officers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while slightly less than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$53,568 - $145,781
(Median)
$54K
$89K
$150K
MEDIAN: $88,734
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$53,659 - $144,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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.

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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. The average inexperienced worker earns $73K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $92K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $114K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,350

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Foreign Service Officers employed in Washington pick up paychecks that are slightly larger than the national average; however, location does not seem to affect pay too strongly overall.

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Experience Affects Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$90,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 25%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$90,000

Foreign Languages (Latin based)
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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