The average Document Control Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.15 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Document Control Specialists vary widely between $29K and $67K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most Document Control Specialists survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Document Control Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,477 - $72,925
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$34K
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$73K
MEDIAN: $49,455
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$12.71 - $27.47
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,477 - $72,925  
   
Bonus
$481.02 - $5,212  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,034  
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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$29,102 - $66,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.71 - $27.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03  
Overtime
$18.60 - $41.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$481.02 - $5,212  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,034  
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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$29,102 - $66,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 819
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Job Description for Document Control Specialist

Document control specialists serve as quality-control specialists for the literature a company releases to the public. These documents may include policies, manuals, user guides, and forms. Document control specialists primarily work in industries such as engineering or pharmaceutical manufacturing, where they fine-tune literature and manuals that the company releases to simplify the language and/or create clear instructions. They are often part of a technical writing team and are responsible for consistency, accuracy, and ability to be understood.

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Document Control Specialist Tasks

  • Organize the routing of documents throughout the process from conceptualization, approvals, distribution to filing.
  • Monitor the distribution and reconciliation of process or reference documents.
  • Establish and maintain the documentation control system/log.
  • Process documents for revision and approval.
  • Create, review and revise documentation procedure according to standard operating procedures.

Common Career Paths for Document Control Specialist


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Document Control Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Document Control Managers. That role pays $60K per year on average. A common career progression for a Document Control Specialist is to become a Document Control Supervisor or a Quality Assurance Specialist. Compared to Document Control Specialists, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Document Control Specialists fill the offices of leading firms Technip Usa, Inc., Quidel Corporation, Chicago Bridge and Iron, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Stryker Corp. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $61K.

Popular Skills for Document Control Specialist


Document Control Specialists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Writing Procedures & Documentation, Auditing, Document Management, and Document Review and Distribution are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Document Preparation, Data Entry, and Image Processing. For most people, competency in Document Management indicates knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Adobe PDF. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Adobe PDF and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Document Control Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,915

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Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Document Control Specialists, 56 percent above the national average. Document Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+49 percent), Seattle (+37 percent), Sunnyvale (+24 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Tulsa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Document Control Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Document Control Specialist?

Document Control Specialist in Mansfield:
Pros: Working with documents only, little to no customer interaction. This allows me to focus more on document details.

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Experience Affects Document Control Specialist Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Document Control Specialist Salaries


Auditing
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Document Management
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Document Review and Distribution
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Documentation
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National Average
$42,000

Adobe PDF
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Microsoft Office
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Image Processing
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Document Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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