Document Control Specialist Salary (United States)

Pay for Document Control Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.82 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.64 per hour on the low end to $26.04 on the high end. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. 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. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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  
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. A more common career path for Document Control Specialists is stepping into the role of Document Control Supervisor or Documentation Specialist.

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Popular Skills for Document Control Specialist

Document Control Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 experienced in Document Management also know Adobe PDF and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Document Control Specialist

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For Document Control Specialists, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Though starting salaries approximate $37K, they climb to $42K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $46K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Document Control Specialists after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $49,674. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Phoenix
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Irvine
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$41,000
Salt Lake City
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For Document Control Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Angeles, and San Jose, top-paying markets where Document Control Specialists rake in more than the national norm (+26 percent, +26 percent, +23 percent, and +21 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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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