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Document Control Specialist Salary (United States)

Document Control Specialists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $17.82 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Document Control Specialists can bottom out near $28K or peak near $61K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Men working as Document Control Specialists are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 78 percent of workers. Most Document Control Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Document Control Specialist Salary (?
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$30,523 - $65,029
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MEDIAN: $44,520
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Document Control Specialist Salary (?
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$12.64 - $26.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,523 - $65,029  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,977  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $7,830  
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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$28,350 - $60,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 531
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $26.04  
   
Overtime
$18.16 - $37.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $7,830  
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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$28,350 - $60,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 948
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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 typically pays $57K per year. 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

Document Control Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Documentation, Document Preparation, Adobe PDF, and Document Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. Document Control Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. As Document Control Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $50K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Document Control Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Angeles, and San Jose, top-paying cities where Document Control Specialists see paychecks higher than average (+26 percent, +26 percent, +23 percent, and +21 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 14 percent below the national average. Portland and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Document Control Specialist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Document Control Specialist Salaries

Document Preparation
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Document Management
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Adobe PDF
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Microsoft Office
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Document Review and Distribution
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Data Entry
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Microsoft Excel
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$41,000
Image Processing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 17%