Grants & Contracts Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. Location and tenure 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 73 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Grants & Contracts Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,786 - $68,641
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,374
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90%

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$17.46 - $32.82
(Median)
$17
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,786 - $68,641  
   
Bonus
$406.95  
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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$37,922 - $68,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$17.46 - $32.82  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$406.95  
   
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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$37,922 - $68,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Grants/Contracts Specialist

Grant/contract specialists are responsible for reviewing and approving contracts and grants on behalf of their organizations. They are tasked with reading complex legal documents to find discrepancies based on company requirements and must follow all project specifications regarding grants. Strong interpersonal skills are important in this position to communicate with other departments, and they must work well in a team environment with other contract specialists to achieve all goals.

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Grants/Contracts Specialist Tasks

  • 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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Popular Skills for Grants/Contracts Specialist


Grants & Contracts Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Budget Management. Those with knowledge of Budget Management tend to be skilled in Contract Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Grants/Contracts Specialist

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Grants & Contracts Specialists make a median salary of $58K. Grants & Contracts Specialists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $56K.

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Experience Affects Grants/Contracts Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Grants/Contracts Specialist Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 21%

Contract Management
up arrow 11%

Grant Management
up arrow 9%

Federal Grants
0%

National Average
$51,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 2%

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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