Contract Administrator Salary

Earnings for Contract Administrators in the United States come in at around $58K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Contract Administrators spread between $37K and $82K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Female Contract Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. For the most part, Contract Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,110 - $83,188
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,997
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$15.01 - $30.70
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20.69
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$0$83K
Salary $40,110 - $83,188
Bonus $516 - $7,871
Profit Sharing $795 - $9,620
Commission $2,384 - $15,705
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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$37,136 - $81,884
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,757
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $15.01 - $30.70
Overtime $20.79 - $45.09
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $516 - $7,871
Commission $2,384 - $15,705
Profit Sharing $795 - $9,620
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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$37,136 - $81,884
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,367

Job Description for Contract Administrator

A contract administrator oversee the specific mandates in a contract and make sure that all parties involved fulfill obligations to which they agreed. The contract administrator must know the ins and outs of a contract and ensure all sides adhere to its specific terms, conditions, rights, and obligations. It is also the administrator's responsibility to coordinate any changes that may transpire, and to make sure that those changes are agreed upon by all involved. When the contract has been fulfilled, the contract administrator will complete a closeout process to ensure that the contract has been ended in an appropriate manner.

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Contract Administrator Tasks

  • Prepares proposal for major contracts.
  • Review and negotiate contractual details, including specifications, price, date of delivery and contractual provisions.

Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Administrator


Known for taking on a considerable number of Contract Administrators, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and The Boeing Company are leading firms in the industry. Although Northrop Grumman Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $71K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $53K to $119K. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at The Boeing Company ($69K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($64K), and U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($64K).

Jones Lang LaSalle, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Oracle Corp. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $52K, $55K, and $55K.

Common Career Paths for Contract Administrator


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Though not the most common occurrence, Contract Administrators sometimes become Senior Contracts Administrators, where the average income is $81K per year. Becoming a Contracts Manager or a Contract Specialist is, however, a more typical career progression for Contract Administrators.

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Popular Skills for Contract Administrator


Contract Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Procurement, Contractor Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Administration, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Contract Management also know Document Management and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Contract Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Contract Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Contract Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 1,422 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Contract Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 879 salaries. An experienced Contract Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 690 salaries. A Contract Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 264 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,074

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Contract Administrators, busy Herndon offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 5 percent below the national average.

Contract Administrator Reviews

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

Contract Administrator in Lebanon:
"Work Flexibility and management."
Pros: Currently, I work remotely. However, will end soon as they are consolidating positions to Dallas and I am not relocating. That is very disappointing. It has been very pleasant working with the management I work with.
Cons: Working remotely does have disadvantages in not being able to be around others in the department. You aren't involved in conversations that happen regularly in the office setting to learn of new information.

Contract Administrator in New York:
"I need to make more money, but..."
Pros: My boss, flexibility with hours, commute.
Cons: PTO is minimal. Salary increases are embarrassingly low.

Contract Administrator in Gaithersburg:
"The Management."
Pros: It has prepared me for a career, I am grateful for the foundation it has given me since I intended to pursue this line of work.
Cons: There is no career development that comes with the job. In many ways, the management have prevented me from growing in my position. The most important fact about my dissatisfaction is the lack growth potential and the fact that I am grossly underpaid. I have no benefits whatsoever, I don't even get paid for national holidays.

Contract Administrator in Denver:
"Hectic EOQ's but fun because I live for puzzles."
Pros: Autonomy ... Leadership support ... My team.
Cons:

Contract Administrator in Andover:
"NA."
Pros: Communication.
Cons: Deadline.

Contract Administrator in Fairfax:
"Government Wide Acquisition Contracts."
Pros: Flexible schedule.
Cons: Pay. No travel. No perks.

Contract Administrator in Irvine:
"Corprate Culture."
Pros: Work Flexibility.
Cons: Medical insurance is too high and the pay is not great.

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Key Stats for Contract Administrator

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 829 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Contract Administrator Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲9%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Contract Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 829 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 14%