Senior Contract Administrators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $75K annually, but may range from $55K to $105K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Contract Administrators. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and most earn vision coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$56,253 - $102,771
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$56K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,394
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$21.35 - $51.89
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$21
$28
$52
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$56,253 - $102,771  
   
Bonus
$1,028 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$54,728 - $104,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.35 - $51.89  
   
Overtime
$29.83 - $62.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,028 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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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$54,728 - $104,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Senior Contract Administrator

A senior contract administrator is responsible for ensuring that all contracts produced for clients - as well as agreements and negotiating summary plans - meet federal, state and company standards. These administrators are also in charge of identifying needed changes in these documents and ensuring they are included. Senior contract administrators often oversee a team of other contract administrators, reviewing their work, providing guidance, and providing disciplinary action as needed. Additionally, these senior personnel must keep up with all state and federal regulations related to the type of contracts that the company handles.

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Senior Contract Administrator Tasks

  • Interpret and explain contracts, their terms and their implications.
  • Document terms, data and status of projects in associated systems.
  • Negotiate and update contracts, their rates and their terms with vendors.
  • Draft, edit and verify contracts and their amendments, updating associated schedules.
  • Research and document relevant laws, technical needs and other factors.

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Senior Contract Administrators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Contracts Manager. Median pay for Contracts Managers is $78K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Contract Administrator

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


For Senior Contract Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Contract Administrators make a median salary of $76K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $85K.

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Senior Contract Administrator in Seattle:
"Cross Functional Teams in Contracting."
When putting together a contract you must understand how the specifications, terms and conditions are going to meet the other functional divisions such as Accounting, Engineering, Human Resources, the end user, and the contractor.

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Experience Affects Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
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National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 8%

Contractor Management
up arrow 5%

Contract Negotiation
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National Average
$75,000

Contract Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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