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Foreign Service Officer Salary

Foreign Service Officers in the United States can expect wages of $87K per year on average. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and nearly one-half earn dental coverage. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Foreign Service Officers are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,767 - $132,769
MEDIAN: $87,296

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$51,767 - $132,769  
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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).
$52,874 - $136,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89

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Survey takers who work as Foreign Service Officers usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Foreign Languages. Foreign Languages and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer

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

Foreign Service Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $92K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $70K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $114K. Foreign Service Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $151K.

Pay Difference by Location

Although location is not a huge compensation factor, Foreign Service Officers in Washington do earn slightly more than the national average.

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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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National Average

Foreign Languages (Latin based)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 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: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 7%