Document Control Specialist Salary (United States)

Document Control Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $17.82 per hour. The top of the range reaches $26.04, and the bottom approaches $12.64 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $2,977 and $7,830, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $30,523 or peak near $65,029. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Most Document Control Specialists are women (78 percent). For the most part, Document Control Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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 (?
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$28,350 - $60,750  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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 who transition into Document Control Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $15,721 per year. However, it's more common for Document Control Specialists to move into roles as Document Control Supervisors or Documentation Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Document Control Specialist

Survey results imply that Document Control Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. It is often found that people who know Document Management 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.
Document Control Specialists with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $37K, increasing to $42K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $46K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Document Control Specialists tend to earn $49,674 at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$41,000
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Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Document Control Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Angeles, and San Jose are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Document Control Specialists earning around 26 percent, 26 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent more than average. San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (-12 percent) and Dallas (-10 percent).

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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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National Average
$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%
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