Earnings for Documentation Specialists in the United States come in at around $16.53 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most claim medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision coverage. The majority of Documentation Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,185 - $68,698
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,635
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$12.25 - $24.22
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$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,185 - $68,698  
   
Bonus
$292.33 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
Commission
$2,850  
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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$28,045 - $61,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $24.22  
   
Overtime
$18.28 - $34.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$292.33 - $5,939  
   
Commission
$2,850  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$28,045 - $61,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 421
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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

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

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 Documentation Specialist often moves on to become a Technical Writer or a Document Control Specialist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Documentation Specialist


Those at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K.

Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Survey takers working as Documentation Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. HTML and Technical Writing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 14 percent and 23 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry, Typing, and Document Management. Most people skilled in Document Preparation are similarly competent in Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Documentation Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. Documentation Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,327

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

Rockville is home to an above-average pay rate for Documentation Specialists, 41 percent higher than the national average. Documentation Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+31 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Atlanta (+20 percent). Oklahoma City is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (8 percent lower) and Houston (7 percent lower).

Documentation Specialist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Documentation Specialist Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 23%

HTML
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Auditing
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Editing
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$40,000

Document Preparation
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Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Document Management
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Typing
up arrow 16%

Data Entry
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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