Foreign Service Officer Salary

The average Foreign Service Officer in the United States earns approximately $85K annually. Most Foreign Service Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up the vast majority of Foreign Service Officers (88 percent) who took the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,829 - $122,640
$54K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,089
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Salary $53,829 - $122,640
Bonus $5,750
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$50,000 - $125,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38

Job Description for Foreign Service Officer

Most foreign service officers are diplomats who work for the State Department to propose and implement a variety of policies and resolutions, and prior experience and a bachelor's degree or higher in law, international relations, political science, economics, or a related field are generally required for this position.

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Pay by Experience Level for Foreign Service Officer

Pay by Experience for a Foreign Service Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Foreign Service Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Foreign Service Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Foreign Service Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 8 salaries. A Foreign Service Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $153,000 based on 12 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,648

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

Although location is not a huge compensation factor, Foreign Service Officers in Washington do earn slightly more than the national average.

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Key Stats for Foreign Service Officer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲78%

Experienced
▲35%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲32%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▲6%

National Average
$86,000

Foreign Languages (Latin based)
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
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