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Grants/Contracts Specialist Salary

Median pay for Grants & Contracts Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $49K per year. Earnings sit near $37K on the lower side but can approach $70K per year on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Grants & Contracts Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Grants & Contracts Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$37,071 - $70,737
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,492
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$17.36 - $32.86
(Median)
$17
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,071 - $70,737  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,606  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$37,034 - $70,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $32.86  
   
Overtime
$25.80 - $35.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,606  
   
Total Pay (?
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).
)
$37,034 - $70,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
United States (change)

Job Description for Grants/Contracts Specialist

  • Maintains contact with key funders to resolve issues and supply progress reports.
  • Confers with grant writers and assistants regarding compliance issues.
  • Identifies and matches researcher with funding sponsor.
  • Assists in preparing a training program for the writers and assistants.

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Survey takers who work as Grants & Contracts Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Grant Management, Contract Management, Federal Grants, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Grants/Contracts Specialist

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $48K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. For Grants & Contracts Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $61K. Grants & Contracts Specialists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $50K.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Grants/Contracts Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Grants/Contracts Specialist Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 6%

Contract Management
up arrow 4%

Federal Grants
up arrow 3%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%