Documentation Specialist Salary

Documentation Specialists in the United States take home approximately $16.58 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Documentation Specialists making up 79 percent. Most Documentation Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,332 - $69,173
$31K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,589
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$12.15 - $24.77
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MEDIAN: $16.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,332 - $69,173  
   
Bonus
$495.51 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$2,850  
Total Pay (?
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$28,102 - $61,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $34.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$495.51 - $5,960  
   
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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$28,102 - $61,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 424

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Technical Writer. The latter position pays an average of $78K annually. A Technical Writer role is the most common promotion for Documentation Specialists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $54K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Documentation Specialists is a Document Control Specialist position, where earnings are usually $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Documentation Specialist


Although J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) boasts the highest average salary in town at $40K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $23K or as much as $51K.

Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Documentation Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry, Typing, and Loan Documents. Most people experienced in Document Preparation also know Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Documentation Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Documentation Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Documentation Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Documentation Specialists 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 $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,473

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 Minneapolis (+30 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+23 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Documentation Specialist's salary, with Baltimore Documentation Specialists earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Oklahoma City (13 percent lower) and Austin (8 percent lower).

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
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 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

▲28%

▲20%

▲7%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲23%

Auditing
▲13%



▲3%



Document Preparation
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%



Document Management
▼4%

Typing
▼16%

Loan Documents
▼16%

Data Entry
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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