Documentation Specialist Salary

Median pay for Documentation Specialists in the United States is around $16.71 per hour. While career duration and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most Documentation Specialists survey respondents are women (78 percent). A large number claim medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Documentation Specialists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,400 - $68,373
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $46,580
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$12.46 - $24.94
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MEDIAN: $16.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,400 - $68,373  
   
Bonus
$507 - $5,199  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$2,850  
Total Pay (?
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$28,472 - $61,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $24.94  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $34.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$507 - $5,199  
   
Commission
$2,850  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,472 - $61,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 404

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Job Description for Documentation Specialist

A documentation specialist normally works with a company that requires the maintenance of an extensive amount of written communication, policy briefs, records and systems specifications or manuals. This is typically an office-based job, and one that requires an individual to have excellent organizational skills.

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Documentation Specialist Tasks

  • Review documents and written external communication for format, consistency and compliance with existing procedures.
  • Train staff on document control policies and procedures.
  • Maintain revision control and tracking for controlled documents.
  • Confirm that all submitted documentation is accurate and complete.
  • Review site policies, operating procedures, work instructions and forms for format consistency.

Common Career Paths for Documentation Specialist


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Documentation Specialists may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Technical Writer, where median compensation is $78K annually. Going from Documentation Specialist to Technical Writer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $55K. Many others choose to work as Document Control Specialists, where pay is typically $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Documentation Specialist


Documentation Specialists flock to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $40K lead the pack in compensation; however, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $23K at one end to $51K at the other end.

Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Auditing, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry, Loan Documents, and Typing. Those educated in Document Preparation tend to be well versed in Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Documentation Specialist

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


Documentation Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. On average, Documentation Specialists make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,564

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Documentation Specialists in Rockville enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Documentation Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Houston (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Documentation Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Documentation Specialist?

Documentation Specialist in Tulsa:
"Great Challenging Position."
Pros: I love the searching for the correct documentation, it is so satisfying to get every piece of the correct documentation to bill a claim.
Cons: Annoying co-worker that is everyone's nightmare.

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Key Stats for Documentation Specialist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Documentation Specialist Salaries

▲27%

▲20%

▲10%

National Average
$41,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲23%

Auditing
▲13%



▲3%


Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%



Document Management
▼5%

Typing
▼15%

Loan Documents
▼16%

Data Entry
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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