Average Contracting Officer Salary

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The average salary for a Contracting Officer is $85,015.
MEDIAN $85,015
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$56k - $122k
$375 - $9k
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$0 - $750
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$53k - $122k

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Job Description for Contracting Officer

Contracting Officer Tasks
  • Solicit, negotiate and procure/award contracts.
  • Oversee and support administrative processes.
  • Ensure governmental/organizational requirements are met.
The top respondents for the job title Contracting Officer are from the companies U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Army. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Department of Defense where the average pay is $96,255. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Army and Department of Veteran's Affairs, earning around $92,476 and $88,152, respectively. City of Atlanta, GA pays the lowest at around $53,500. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $72,853 and $81,294, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Contracting Officer

Skills in Contract Management, Contract Negotiation, Procurement and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Performance Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

An entry-level Contracting Officer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,492 based on 28 salaries. An early career Contracting Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,162 based on 90 salaries. A mid-career Contracting Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,829 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Contracting Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,756 based on 151 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $110,271.
Employees with Contracting Officer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 25.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (23.7% more) and Seattle, Washington (8.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (14.8% less), Dayton, Ohio (8.5% less) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (4.7% less).

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