Senior Contract Administrator Salary

Just over a half of Senior Contract Administrators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $53K to $102K per year, but median earnings come to around $74K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. Most Senior Contract Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Senior Contract Administrators survey respondents are women (73 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,554 - $101,935
(Median)
$55K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,236
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50%
90%

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$19.79 - $43.68
(Median)
$20
$28
$44
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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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 (?
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Contractor Management, Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Senior Contract Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $64K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $72K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. As Senior Contract Administrators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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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