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Foreign Service Officers

Earnings

Foreign Service officers are paid on a sliding scale. The exact figures depend on their qualifications and experience. According to the U.S. State Department, starting salaries for new appointees with a bachelor’s degree and zero to five years of experience ranged from $44,523 to $51,614. Applicants who either had a master’s or law degree with zero to five years of professional experience earned $49,804 to $57,736. Foreign Service officers with a bachelor's degree and more than 21 years' experience earned $80,197 per year. Senior Foreign Service officers made $123,175 to $185,100 annually.

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