$57,904
Avg. Salary
$20.74
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,513

Profit Sharing

$2,731

Commission

$6,722

The average pay for a Contract Administrator is $20.74 per hour.

The average pay for a Contract Administrator is $57,904 per year.

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$31
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MEDIAN $21
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$84k
90%
MEDIAN $57,904
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MEDIAN: $57,904
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$15.00 - $30.57
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$0$83K
Salary $40,481 - $83,992
Bonus $517 - $7,860
Profit Sharing $518 - $8,081
Commission $2,936 - $15,932
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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$37,356 - $82,360
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,775
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $15.00 - $30.57
Overtime $21.06 - $45.42
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $517 - $7,860
Commission $2,936 - $15,932
Profit Sharing $518 - $8,081
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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$37,356 - $82,360
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,407

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.

Contract Administrator Pay By Employer

$0$138K

$70,732

$68,492

$58,974

BAE Systems Inc.
13 profiles
$62,294

$67,179

$55,389

$76,302

$55,982

Oracle
7 profiles
$48,000

$55,006

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: $54,487

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 Advice

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

Contract Administrator in St. Louis:
"The volume of my workload."
Must be: organized; able to multi-task; knowledge of both commercial and military is helpful; negotiation skills a must; able to manage all personality types; must be personable.

Contract Administrator in Phoenix:
Pros: The culture.
Cons: The lack of growth, superiors lack of vision and ability for change, some of the people.

Contract Administrator in Coeur d'Alene:
"Continued Education."
I wished I would have pushed/pursued for more education/certification for my particular job.

Contract Administrator in Rockford:
"High stress, high reward."
Pros: Opportunity for growth and development in role, flex environment for schedules.
Cons: High stress, unobtainable deadlines from customers.

Contract Administrator in Phoenix:
"Changes."
Creating and sustaining positive relationships at all levels is key to bringing reward and joy to the position. Relationship building will make for long lasting connections contributing to consistent work life balances. Managing stress levels is equally important for better outcomes.

Contract Administrator in Rochester Hills:
Pros: Flexibility and experience.
Cons: Lack of structure.

Contract Administrator in Rochester Hills:
"Automotive Industry."
Pros: The option to work from home-when needed.
Cons: Inconsistency from my boss.

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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 896 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

▲22%

▲10%

▲8%

National Average
$54,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Contract Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 896 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: 66%
no benefits
None: 15%