Document Control Specialist Salary

The average Document Control Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.90 per hour. Cash earnings for Document Control Specialists — including $3K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $63K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Document Control Specialists 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 information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,078 - $68,754
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,587
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$12.72 - $26.06
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$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,078 - $68,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,142  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $6,787  
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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$28,435 - $62,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $26.06  
   
Overtime
$18.24 - $37.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,142  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $6,787  
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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$28,435 - $62,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 997
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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.

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While Document Control Specialists do not often become Document Control Managers, the job pays $58K per year on average. More often, however, Document Control Specialists go on to become Document Control Supervisors or Documentation Specialists.

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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, Documentation, Document Preparation, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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. 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 $43K. Document Control Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Document Control Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Document Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Fremont (+17 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Dallas and San Antonio 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
$42,000


Skills That Affect Document Control Specialist Salaries

Auditing
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Documentation
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Document Preparation
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Document Management
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe PDF
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Document Review and Distribution
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National Average
$42,000

Data Entry
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Image Processing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 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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