Foreign Service Officer Salary

Foreign Service Officers in the United States can expect wages of $83K per year on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Foreign Service Officers are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$51,415 - $118,355
$51K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,325
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$51,415 - $118,355  
   
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$51,415 - $121,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

Pay by Experience for a Foreign Service Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Foreign Service Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Foreign Service Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Foreign Service Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 8 salaries. A Foreign Service Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $153,000 based on 12 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,325

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Foreign Service Officers working in Washington make a little more than the national average; however, geographic location doesn't seem to influence pay too heavily overall.

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Key Stats for Foreign Service Officer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲83%

Experienced
▲38%

National Average
$83,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲36%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▲9%

Foreign Languages (Latin based)
▲1%

National Average
$83,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None:
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