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Contractor - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Contractor"

How much does a Contractor in the federal government get paid? $105,712.94* *Based on the 2019 average.
12,939 EMPLOYEES
$1.33B TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Contractor was the 362nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 12,939 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Contracting, with an average salary of $83,374.

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 2,148 $83,373.92
Federal Acquisition Service 1,026 $108,544.21
Public Buildings Service 667 $100,382.03
Department of Energy 590 $112,141.87
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 488 $103,769.32
U.S. Coast Guard 405 $102,561.06
National Institutes of Health 390 $112,711.61
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 291 $119,643.37
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 282 $82,857.47
U.S. Agency for International Development 271 $118,027.46
Forest Service 271 $90,643.99
Environmental Protection Agency 252 $113,913.54
Federal Aviation Administration 241 $118,722.61
National Park Service 240 $91,070.06
Department of State 214 $125,402.03
Internal Revenue Service 201 $129,043.93
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 183 $115,455.41
Bureau of Reclamation 161 $85,578.35
Goddard Space Flight Center 158 $117,456.62
Federal Emergency Management Agency 157 $115,258.89
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 151 $108,894.74
Customs and Border Protection 145 $133,709.68
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 145 $114,246.80
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 117 $117,921.89
Indian Health Service 115 $89,008.09
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 115 $127,028.68
Transportation Security Administration 99 $127,470.88
Food and Drug Administration 94 $110,355.24
John F. Kennedy Space Center 93 $103,233.51
Bureau of Land Management 92 $83,550.22
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 90 $104,471.17
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 88 $103,782.76
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer 82 $119,791.18
Federal Bureau of Investigation 81 $130,179.55
Headquarters, Nasa 76 $126,641.29
Small Business Administration 72 $116,819.51
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 70 $93,008.17
Social Security Administration 69 $108,281.64
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 68 $75,002.26
Office of Personnel Management 68 $111,499.82
Citizenship and Immigration Services 65 $91,294.98
Geological Survey 64 $97,457.33
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 61 $127,891.17
Federal Highway Administration 61 $107,484.69
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 59 $94,549.75
National Protection and Programs Directorate 59 $113,888.29
Federal Student Aid 57 $126,491.67
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 53 $116,947.51
National Institute of Standards and Technology 52 $127,310.00
Program Support Center 49 $111,673.69
Securities and Exchange Commission 46 $167,749.20
Agricultural Research Service 46 $102,219.93
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 45 $126,163.13
Langley Research Center 44 $112,203.89
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 43 $116,426.47
Departmental Administration 42 $124,781.21
U.S. Marshals Service 42 $108,761.98
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 41 $99,165.15
Fpac Business Center 40 $98,812.75
Ames Research Center 40 $125,601.98
Indian Affairs 39 $94,183.36
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 39 $97,836.13
Offices, Boards and Divisions 38 $136,003.87
Office of Secretary of Transportation 38 $123,684.68
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 36 $112,026.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 36 $98,416.22
Rural Housing Service 36 $95,236.06
Patent and Trademark Office 36 $122,767.72
Agricultural Marketing Service 35 $100,635.37
Employment and Training Administration 34 $126,611.59
Office of Governmentwide Policy 34 $144,573.68
National Cemetery Administration 31 $101,483.57
Bureau of the Census 31 $102,986.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 31 $180,103.90
Maritime Administration 30 $109,255.27
U.S. Mint 29 $121,033.94
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 27 $133,176.52
Drug Enforcement Administration 27 $113,199.63
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 25 $130,918.32
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $98,551.13
John C. Stennis Space Center 23 $97,681.04
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 22 $124,290.91
Office of Administrative Services 22 $116,710.82
Dryden Flight Research Center 20 $105,684.20
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 19 $121,079.63
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 18 $100,930.06
National Science Foundation 17 $138,592.12
U.S. Secret Service 17 $116,895.71
Millennium Challenge Corporation 16 $152,461.69
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 16 $136,038.38
Government Printing Office 16 $119,049.69
Office of Comptroller of Currency 15 $143,925.33
Broadcasting Board of Governors 15 $112,554.21
National Archives and Records Administration 14 $121,007.50
Peace Corps 13 $123,527.38
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 13 $122,401.54
Corporation for National and Community Service 12 $110,692.00
Office of Justice Programs 12 $105,022.58
Office of Administration 12 $125,425.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 12 $121,265.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 12 $140,063.58
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 12 $112,476.58
Bureau of Labor Statistics 12 $119,777.08
Food and Nutrition Service 11 $121,453.09
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 11 $120,164.55
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 11 $120,486.45
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 11 $156,115.91
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $119,717.60
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $101,002.80
Federal Transit Administration 10 $118,918.10
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 10 $150,534.40
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $108,967.67
Federal Railroad Administration 9 $117,260.89
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 9 $121,135.67
Federal Communications Commission 9 $129,985.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $125,897.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 8 $178,769.13
National Gallery of Art 8 $135,669.38
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 8 $114,352.63
National Credit Union Administration 8 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 8 $74,596.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 8 $110,884.75
Executive Office for Immigration Review 7 $124,021.14
Office of Small Business Utilization 7 $115,503.71
Railroad Retirement Board 7 $116,917.00
National Transportation Safety Board 6 $123,903.83
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $130,864.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $191,758.20
Federal Trade Commission 5 $126,102.60
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $109,308.00
National Labor Relations Board 5 $140,993.80
Office of Management and Budget 5 $149,635.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 5 $118,519.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 5 $98,285.40
Presidio Trust 4 $101,693.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $86,450.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 4 $135,951.75
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $111,375.75
U.S. Trustee Program 4 $123,585.00
Departmental Offices 4 $151,278.50
Pretrial Services Agency 3 $117,702.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $82,401.33
Farm Service Agency 3 $82,635.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $100,206.33
Federal Maritime Commission 3 $133,784.33
Office of the Director 3 $120,427.67
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $108,957.67
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $112,888.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 3 $130,214.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $135,774.33
Selective Service System 2 $73,761.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 2 $105,782.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 2 $146,476.50
Wage and Hour Division 2 $115,698.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $123,344.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $111,787.50
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2 $70,741.00
Farm Credit Administration 2 $0.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $123,051.00
National Endowment for the Arts 2 $118,139.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $122,309.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $140,960.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 2 $122,486.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $120,255.00
Trade and Development Agency 2 $125,374.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $88,141.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $107,299.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $151,633.00
Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 1 $136,271.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 1 $140,632.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $115,699.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $136,725.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $86,179.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $156,228.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $136,725.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 1 $109,088.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $128,920.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $148,445.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 1 $151,633.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $94,520.00
Chemical Safety/Hazard Investigation Board 1 $132,818.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $152,352.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $109,088.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $109,088.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $128,750.00

Contractor Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Contractor is $105,712.94. The highest paid Contractor made $246,900 in 2019.

Common Contractor Payscales

Payscale Number of Contracting Employees
GS - General Schedule 11,725
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 241
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 107
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 106
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 97
FO - Foreign Service Officers 95
ZA - Administrative 84
ES - Senior Executive Service 80
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 66
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 51
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 46
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 36
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 30
CG - Corporate Graded 27
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 18
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 17
PG - Printing Office Grades 16
MC - Employees Of The Millennium Challenge Corporation Appointed Under Public Law 108-199 Only. 16
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 15
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 11
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 11
EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 10
CU - Credit Union Employees 8
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 5
CM - Fdic Supervisory And Managerial Positions Below The Executive Level Only 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 3
SW - Transportation Security Administration Executives 2
FE - Senior Foreign Service 2
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 2
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 2
CE - Contract Education--year Long 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82 1

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

Average Contracting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Contractor was $75,790. Since then, the average pay has increased to $105,713 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1102.

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