Senior Contract Administrator Salary

With just under three-fifths of Senior Contract Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Contract Administrators is $75K annually and can range from $54K on the lower end to $101K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn vision coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$57,074 - $99,095
$57K
$76K
$99K
MEDIAN: $76,196
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50%
90%

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$20.59 - $61.82
$21
$27
$62
MEDIAN: $27.24
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$0$102K
Salary $57,074 - $99,095
Bonus $1,024 - $9,759
Profit Sharing $6,000
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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$53,153 - $102,673
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 179
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $20.59 - $61.82
Overtime $29.97 - $63.74
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $1,024 - $9,759
Profit Sharing $6,000
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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$53,153 - $102,673
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

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Job Description for Senior Contract Administrator

A senior contract administrator is responsible for ensuring that all contracts produced for clients - as well as agreements and negotiating summary plans - meet federal, state and company standards. These administrators are also in charge of identifying needed changes in these documents and ensuring they are included. Senior contract administrators often oversee a team of other contract administrators, reviewing their work, providing guidance, and providing disciplinary action as needed. Additionally, these senior personnel must keep up with all state and federal regulations related to the type of contracts that the company handles.

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Senior Contract Administrator Tasks

  • Draft, edit and verify contracts and their amendments, updating associated schedules.
  • Research and document relevant laws, technical needs and other factors.
  • Negotiate and update contracts, their rates and their terms with vendors.
  • Interpret and explain contracts, their terms and their implications.
  • Document terms, data and status of projects in associated systems.

Common Career Paths for Senior Contract Administrator


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Senior Contract Administrators who go on to become Contracts Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Contracts Manager, an upper-level role, pays $78K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Contract Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Senior Contract Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Contract Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 51 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $74,000 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Senior Contract Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 93 salaries. A Senior 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 $87,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,986

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

For Senior Contract Administrators, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Contract Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Irvine (+9 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Contract Administrators in Dallas earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Atlanta and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Senior Contract Administrator

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$76,000

▼2%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Senior Contract Administrator Salaries

Financial Analysis
▲7%

Contractor Management
▲3%


National Average
$76,000


Microsoft Excel
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 12%
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