Foreign Service Officer Salary

Foreign Service Officers in the United States take home approximately $86K per year on average. The majority of Foreign Service Officers (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a little less than one-half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$51,582 - $133,526
MEDIAN: $86,212

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$51,582 - $133,526  
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$52,675 - $140,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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.

For many Foreign Service Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $71K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $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 little more than the national average. That said, location does not seem to play a huge role in determining pay for 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 25 votes.


36 %
64 %

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: 37% employee benefits None: 7%