Senior Contract Administrator Salary

A little over a half of Senior Contract Administrators in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $53K to $102K per year, and the average comes out to $74K annually. In the world of Senior Contract Administrators, overall income ranges from $53K near the bottom to $102K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $30K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Senior Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Job satisfaction for Senior Contract Administrators is high.

$53,968 - $101,301

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$19.39 - $44.70

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,968 - $101,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $29,799  
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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$53,160 - $101,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.39 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$27.37 - $73.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $29,799  
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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$53,160 - $101,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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Popular Skills for Senior Contract Administrator


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Senior Contract Administrators who took the survey. 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. Many workers who know Contract Management also know Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Contract Administrator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $65K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $72K. Senior Contract Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $86K.

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Experience Affects Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Contractor Management
up arrow 5%

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 61 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 3%
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