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Contractor - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Contractor"

How much does a Contractor in the federal government get paid? $108,931.08* *Based on the 2020 average.
13,482 EMPLOYEES
$1.43B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Contractor was the 26th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 13,482 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Contracting, with an average salary of $86,233.

Government Contracting jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions that manage, supervise, perform, or develop policies and procedures for professional work involving the procurement of supplies, services, construction, or research and development using formal advertising or negotiation procedures; the evaluation of contract price proposals; and the administration or termination and close out of contracts. The work requires knowledge of the legislation, regulations, and methods used in contracting; and knowledge of business and industry practices, sources of supply, cost factors, and requirements characteristics.

Agencies that have hired a Contractor

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 2,075 $86,233.22
Federal Acquisition Service 1,065 $113,120.69
Public Buildings Service 707 $103,015.91
Department of Energy 614 $115,910.55
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 548 $101,931.01
National Institutes of Health 437 $115,311.06
U.S. Coast Guard 413 $105,526.94
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 342 $123,415.98
U.S. Agency for International Development 311 $120,218.15
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 310 $84,079.63
Forest Service 281 $91,536.15
Environmental Protection Agency 275 $114,325.63
National Park Service 241 $94,394.78
Internal Revenue Service 238 $132,295.57
Federal Aviation Administration 237 $123,909.32
Department of State 228 $128,684.61
Federal Emergency Management Agency 188 $117,868.22
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 170 $111,655.09
Goddard Space Flight Center 159 $121,574.89
Bureau of Reclamation 155 $89,716.26
Customs and Border Protection 154 $135,885.43
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 146 $120,744.01
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 145 $118,590.79
Indian Health Service 132 $90,814.07
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 117 $133,927.57
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 117 $123,959.73
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 105 $105,087.02
Food and Drug Administration 105 $112,440.97
Bureau of Land Management 104 $85,062.44
Transportation Security Administration 99 $128,866.68
Headquarters, Nasa 96 $126,191.96
John F. Kennedy Space Center 95 $104,483.20
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 89 $124,180.60
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 86 $99,599.92
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 85 $94,659.18
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 83 $73,891.13
Federal Bureau of Investigation 82 $148,105.25
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 80 $128,911.25
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer 79 $127,884.03
Social Security Administration 77 $106,405.74
Federal Highway Administration 76 $112,565.00
Geological Survey 73 $100,787.52
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 71 $96,768.61
Citizenship and Immigration Services 64 $99,494.80
Small Business Administration 62 $121,924.85
Departmental Administration 59 $118,023.08
Federal Student Aid 57 $136,265.12
National Institute of Standards and Technology 56 $136,304.91
Rural Housing Service 53 $102,707.11
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 52 $116,089.62
Agricultural Research Service 49 $102,823.06
Langley Research Center 48 $113,166.71
U.S. Marshals Service 47 $107,396.96
Securities and Exchange Commission 47 $169,236.89
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 45 $133,775.04
Fpac Business Center 44 $104,267.66
Program Support Center 44 $116,200.23
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 44 $163,146.59
Ames Research Center 43 $125,184.07
Office of Personnel Management 43 $125,098.86
Offices, Boards and Divisions 42 $136,701.31
Patent and Trademark Office 41 $126,334.37
Office of Governmentwide Policy 39 $152,158.00
National Cemetery Administration 38 $106,829.29
Agricultural Marketing Service 38 $105,916.03
Veterans Benefits Administration 37 $103,868.59
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 36 $103,504.47
Indian Affairs 36 $99,899.03
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 36 $100,621.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 35 $124,534.34
U.S. Secret Service 34 $118,798.35
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 34 $117,684.88
Bureau of the Census 33 $113,694.70
Drug Enforcement Administration 33 $113,394.06
Maritime Administration 31 $115,059.55
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 28 $100,496.04
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 28 $133,113.82
U.S. Mint 27 $118,320.48
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 27 $130,241.81
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 23 $128,244.78
Health Resources and Services Administration 23 $137,986.09
John C. Stennis Space Center 21 $108,158.86
Office of Comptroller of Currency 21 $153,246.29
Office of Administrative Services 21 $120,643.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 19 $110,958.37
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 18 $131,914.33
Administration for Children and Families 17 $122,373.06
Broadcasting Board of Governors 17 $120,302.12
Millennium Challenge Corporation 17 $153,885.29
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 17 $126,013.24
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 15 $112,175.60
National Science Foundation 15 $141,430.80
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 14 $126,896.79
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 14 $126,534.79
Food and Nutrition Service 14 $121,210.93
National Archives and Records Administration 13 $128,650.15
Peace Corps 13 $130,390.15
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 13 $164,242.38
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 13 $129,055.92
Government Printing Office 12 $128,735.33
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $124,733.55
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $122,443.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 11 $119,814.73
Office of Administration 11 $122,395.00
Federal Communications Commission 11 $125,367.91
Office of Justice Programs 10 $112,630.70
Food Safety and Inspection Service 9 $117,116.11
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 8 $160,803.13
National Credit Union Administration 8 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Board 8 $116,522.88
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $115,101.50
Federal Transit Administration 8 $125,842.50
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 8 $128,567.75
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $127,326.25
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 8 $117,664.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 7 $112,834.14
Federal Housing Finance Agency 7 $174,079.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 7 $133,365.29
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 7 $133,456.29
Federal Trade Commission 7 $135,722.43
Office of Small Business Utilization 7 $121,726.14
National Gallery of Art 7 $133,442.86
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 6 $125,404.83
Corporation for National and Community Service 6 $117,239.33
National Labor Relations Board 6 $133,691.17
Executive Office for Immigration Review 6 $127,235.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 6 $200,005.33
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 5 $103,338.60
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $136,690.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $123,357.40
Export-Import Bank of the United States 5 $134,196.20
Departmental Offices 4 $156,754.00
Trade and Development Agency 4 $126,197.75
Office of the Director 4 $137,209.50
Presidio Trust 4 $100,116.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $118,314.33
National Endowment for the Arts 3 $116,892.00
Office of Management and Budget 3 $150,568.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $144,243.67
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 3 $121,836.33
Federal Election Commission 3 $109,038.67
Federal Maritime Commission 3 $140,079.33
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 3 $107,124.67
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $76,588.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 3 $133,928.67
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 3 $92,327.67
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 2 $130,647.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $128,063.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $0.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 2 $120,321.50
Farm Service Agency 2 $93,346.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $119,456.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $133,447.50
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $152,123.50
Farm Credit Administration 2 $0.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $154,145.50
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $112,460.50
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 2 $106,782.00
Selective Service System 2 $96,409.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $94,970.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $157,709.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $133,465.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $149,621.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $142,701.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $145,578.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 1 $141,534.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $86,335.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 1 $161,730.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $161,730.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $145,578.00
Community Relations Service 1 $92,091.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $123,198.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 1 $145,578.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 1 $149,621.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $125,360.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $141,534.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $161,730.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $153,665.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $133,000.00

Contractor Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Contractor is $108,931.08. The highest paid Contractor made $253,300 in 2020.

Common Contractor Payscales

Payscale Number of Contracting Employees
GS - General Schedule 12,212
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 237
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 118
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 115
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 97
ZA - Administrative 88
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 81
ES - Senior Executive Service 79
FO - Foreign Service Officers 77
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 77
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 47
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 39
CG - Corporate Graded 39
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 30
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 25
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 21
MC - Employees Of The Millennium Challenge Corporation Appointed Under Public Law 108-199 Only. 17
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 13
PG - Printing Office Grades 12
EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 9
CU - Credit Union Employees 8
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 6
CM - Fdic Supervisory And Managerial Positions Below The Executive Level Only 5
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 5
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 5
SL - Senior Level Positions 4
FE - Senior Foreign Service 3
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 2
SW - Transportation Security Administration Executives 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82 1
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 1

Category: N/A
Occupation Family: 1100 BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY GROUP

Average Contracting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Contractor was $75,790. Since then, the average pay has increased to $108,931 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1102.

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