Senior Contract Administrator Salary

Senior Contract Administrators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $102K per year, median earnings come to $74K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Most Senior Contract Administrators survey respondents are women (73 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,554 - $101,935
(Median)
$55K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,236
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$19.79 - $43.68
(Median)
$20
$28
$44
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,554 - $101,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,508  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$53,209 - $101,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 420
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.79 - $43.68  
   
Overtime
$29.19 - $54.10  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,508  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$53,209 - $101,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Contract Administrator


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Many Senior Contract Administrators move into a Contracts Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Contracts Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Contract Administrators.

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Senior Contract Administrators report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Contractor Management, Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Financial Analysis. Contract Negotiation is a skill commonly found among those who know Contract Management.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $64K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $72K. Senior Contract Administrators bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $86K.

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Experience Affects Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Contractor Management
up arrow 6%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Contract Management
0%

National Average
$74,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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