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Foreign Service Officer Salary

An average Foreign Service Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $88K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and one-half earn dental coverage. Male Foreign Service Officers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 66 percent of professionals. Work is enjoyable for Foreign Service Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,643 - $133,262
MEDIAN: $87,595

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$51,643 - $133,262  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$52,740 - $139,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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 can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Foreign Languages.

Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer

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

Foreign Service Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $71K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $93K. 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

Foreign Service Officers working in Washington make slightly more than the national average, but overall, geography does not significantly influence pay in this role.

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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 26 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: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 7%