Documentation Specialist Salary

The average Documentation Specialist in the United States earns approximately $47K annually. Overall cash earnings of Documentation Specialists stretch from $28K near the bottom to $66K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Female Documentation Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,612 - $71,052
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$31K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,109
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$12.35 - $25.59
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$12
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$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,612 - $71,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $4,793  
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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$28,312 - $66,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.35 - $25.59  
   
Overtime
$17.13 - $36.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $4,793  
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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$28,312 - $66,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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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Many Documentation Specialists move into a Technical Writer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Survey results suggest that Documentation Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Technical Writing, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Editing and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people who know 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.


Documentation Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Documentation Specialists see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Documentation Specialists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. Documentation Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Oklahoma City (15 percent lower) and Philadelphia (6 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
$42,000


Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$42,000

Document Review and Distribution
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Document Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%
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