Entry-Level Contract Specialist Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $50K, about three in five of overall earnings for Entry-Level Contract Specialists arrives through commissions. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Contract Specialists — including $8K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $35K to $74K depending on individual performance. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Contract Specialists (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,098 - $75,788
$39K
$53K
$76K
MEDIAN: $52,951
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50%
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$13.53 - $29.17
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.22
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$0$75K
Salary $39,098 - $75,788
Bonus $0.00 - $8,206
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,370
Commission $30,000
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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$35,336 - $74,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 867
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $13.53 - $29.17
Overtime $20.43 - $42.47
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,206
Commission $30,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,370
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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$35,336 - $74,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 278

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Contract Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Contract Specialist


U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the most with a median salary of $61K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $35K to a high of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,704

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Contract Specialists, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Contract Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Norfolk and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Contract Specialist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Contract Specialist in West Allis:
"Working between 60-70hrs a week. Feel taken advantage of."
Ask questions about your day to day work load, and specific job duties. My job duties were not clear in my interview, therefore I am not compensated for my actual job duties or the amount of time spent in the office and after hours working.

Contract Specialist in Mesa:
"Political and opaque."
In the VA the culture is very different from the VA.

Contract Specialist in Alexandria:
"Read, Learn, Ask Questions, Argue, Do."
Read the FAR and any supplement to it that your agency uses, learn to interpret and apply its content to your requirements, ask an expert, respectfully argue with the expert in order to find the truth, do it over and over until you are an expert at it and people will come to you for advice.

Key Stats for Contract Specialist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Contract Specialist Salaries


Procurement
▲11%

Negotiation
▲11%

Financial Analysis
▲6%



Proposal Writing
▲1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Legal Research
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼2%


Legal Document Review
▼5%

Microsoft Excel
▼6%

Data Analysis
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%
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