Foreign Service Officer Salary

Pay for Foreign Service Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $83K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more male Foreign Service Officers survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,142 - $120,820
$50K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,119
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$50,142 - $120,820  
   
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$50,142 - $135,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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.


Foreign Service Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During the first five years of their careers, Foreign Service Officers see a median income of $75K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $79K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $115K. 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 $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,205

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

Foreign Service Officers in Washington make a little more than the national average; however, regional pay differences are not too considerable.

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Key Stats for Foreign Service Officer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲84%

Experienced
▲39%

National Average
$83,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

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 5 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None:
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