Document Control Specialist Salary

Average Document Control Specialists in the United States make around $17.93 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. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Document Control Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,957 - $67,691
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$31K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,194
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$12.73 - $26.06
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,957 - $67,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,127  
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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$28,423 - $62,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $26.06  
   
Overtime
$18.23 - $37.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,127  
   
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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$28,423 - $62,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 988
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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 do not often transition into Document Control Manager roles. The role averages $58K 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


Survey takers working as Document Control Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Documentation, Document Preparation, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those 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.


For Document Control Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Document Control Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Document Control Specialists, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Los Angeles — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (11 percent lower) and San Antonio (10 percent lower).

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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 Preparation
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Document Management
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Document Review and Distribution
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe PDF
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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
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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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