With over one-half of Senior Contract Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $55K to $106K per year and averages out to $76K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Senior Contract Administrators survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and most have vision insurance.

$56,401 - $101,785
$56K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,915
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$21.35 - $55.00
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$55
MEDIAN: $29.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,401 - $101,785  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $9,658  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$54,827 - $105,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.35 - $55.00  
   
Overtime
$29.83 - $62.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,030 - $9,658  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$54,827 - $105,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Contract Administrator


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For Senior Contract Administrators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Contract Administrators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Contracts Manager.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $74K. For Senior Contract Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $78K. Senior Contract Administrators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $87K.

Senior Contract Administrator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Contract Administrator?

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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Key Stats for Senior Contract Administrator

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
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1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$76,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 7%


Contractor Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$76,000


Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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