Contracting Officer Salary

With a little more than half of Contracting Officers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $52K to $124K per year and averages out to $85K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Contracting Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Contracting Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$57,113 - $122,098
$57K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,128
10%
50%
90%

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$16.00 - $58.96
$16
$24
$59
MEDIAN: $24.02
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$0$122K
Salary $57,113 - $122,098
Bonus $0.00 - $6,904
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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$52,944 - $122,392
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 225
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $16.00 - $58.96
Overtime $12.00 - $51.00
Annual Data $0$122K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,904
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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$52,944 - $122,392
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19

Job Description for Contracting Officer

Being a contracting officer is an extremely important position. These officers perform various duties, usually for a government organization such as the Department of Defense. They help make sure that units are well-stocked by managing multiple contracts with suppliers for items such as commodities, services, and any construction projects that may be occurring. A contracting officer is the person who negotiates the contracts for these things and is integral to maintaining a budget.

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Contracting Officer Tasks

  • Solicit, negotiate and procure/award contracts.
  • Oversee and support administrative processes.
  • Ensure governmental/organizational requirements are met.

Common Career Paths for Contracting Officer


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Contracting Officers who transition into an upper level Contracts Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Contracts Manager makes $78K a year.

Contracting Officer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Contracting Officer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Contracting Officers include U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of Veteran's Affairs, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy. U.S. Department of Defense leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $97K.

Popular Skills for Contracting Officer


Contracting Officers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Contract Management, Procurement, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Contractor Management. Most people familiar with Contract Management also know Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Contracting Officer

Pay by Experience for a Contracting Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Contracting Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Contracting Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Contracting Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 94 salaries. A Contracting Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,471

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

For Contracting Officers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Contracting Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), Albuquerque (+4 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Contracting Officers earning much less — 36 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tucson (27 percent lower) and Dallas (26 percent lower).

Contracting Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Contracting Officer?

Contracting Officer in Baton Rouge:
"Thorough And Detailed Oriented Job."
Pros: Research and meeting the needs of requestors.
Cons: Lateness of turning in documents.

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Key Stats for Contracting Officer

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Contracting Officer Salaries

▲36%

▲6%

National Average
$85,000

▼4%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Contracting Officer Salaries



National Average
$85,000

▼1%

Contractor Management
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 7%