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Document Control Specialist Salary

Median pay for Document Control Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.95 per hour. In the world of Document Control Specialists, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $63K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Document Control Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,908 - $67,355
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,093
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$12.67 - $26.11
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$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,908 - $67,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,168  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $7,500  
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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$28,402 - $62,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $26.11  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $37.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $7,500  
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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$28,402 - $62,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 987
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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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While Document Control Specialists do not often become Document Control Managers, the job pays $58K per year on average. Moving from a Document Control Specialist to Document Control Supervisor or Documentation Specialist is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Document Control Specialist


Survey results imply that Document Control Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Documentation, and Document Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people experienced in Document Management also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Document Control Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. Document Control Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Document Control Specialists, California means bigger paychecks — those in Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Los Angeles earn more than Document Control Specialists in the rest of the country. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Dallas and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%

Document Preparation
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Document Management
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Adobe PDF
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Document Review and Distribution
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Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$42,000

Data Entry
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Microsoft Excel
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Image Processing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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