Documentation Manager Salary

With approximately two in three of Documentation Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Documentation Managers is $76K annually and can range from $41K on the lower end to $123K per year near the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Documentation Managers spread between $41K and $123K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of Documentation Managers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,619 - $118,192
(Median)
$47K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,275
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$12.70 - $59.16
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$59
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,619 - $118,192  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $13,213  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,980  
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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$41,092 - $123,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $59.16  
   
Overtime
$1.24 - $46.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $13,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,980  
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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$41,092 - $123,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Job Description for Documentation Manager

Documentation managers are responsible for managing all tasks related to documentation for their organization. This includes both the creation and maintenance of all documents. They ensure that all documentation meets the company’s needs and standards, as well as define and track all documentation metrics. Documentation managers typically work in an office environment, sometimes with the opportunity to telecommute. Documentation managers generally work full time during regular business hours. They mostly work independently, though they are responsible for consulting with various teams throughout the company to ensure continuity. Some companies have a documentation team, in which case the documentation manager oversees their work. In any case, documentation managers should possess the ability to mentor and lead others.

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Documentation Manager Tasks

  • Report on security, users, access, and data quality of documents and records.
  • Standardize data and records through remediation as well as changing organizational policy.
  • Analyze and improve overall query and storage systems.
  • Lead and implement document and records management systems, from initiation to end user delivery.
  • Resolve comments, questions, and formatting issues in documentation.

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Compensation may take a strong hit for Documentation Managers who move to positions like Technical Writer. Technical Writers usually make $54K.

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Popular Skills for Documentation Manager


Documentation Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Document Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Documentation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Documentation Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $50K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Documentation Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $94K.

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Experience Affects Documentation Manager Salaries



National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%


Skills That Affect Documentation Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 19%



Document Management
up arrow 13%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Documentation
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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