Grants/Contracts Specialist Salary

Median pay for Grants & Contracts Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K annually. Compensation ranges between $37K and $70K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. More than half of Grants & Contracts Specialists (68 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$37,265 - $70,110
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,778
10%
50%
90%

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$17.29 - $33.13
(Median)
$17
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$37,265 - $70,110  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$37,070 - $69,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$17.29 - $33.13  
   
Overtime
$25.39 - $35.19  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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).
)
$37,070 - $69,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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Grants & Contracts Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Management, Grant Management, Contract Negotiation, and Federal Grants are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 19 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Grants/Contracts Specialist

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $52K. Grants & Contracts Specialists bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $56K.

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Experience Affects Grants/Contracts Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Grants/Contracts Specialist Salaries

Contract Management
up arrow 19%

Grant Management
up arrow 5%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Federal Grants
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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