Documentation Specialist Salary

Documentation Specialists in the United States take home an average $47K annually. The range in cash compensation to Documentation Specialists ($28K to $66K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Documentation Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,628 - $71,201
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,109
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$12.33 - $25.54
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,628 - $71,201  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,902  
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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$28,119 - $66,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $25.54  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $36.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,902  
   
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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$28,119 - $66,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
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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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Advancing into a Technical Writer role seems to be a popular career move for Documentation Specialists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Survey results imply that Documentation Specialists put a diverse skill set 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 22 percent, 13 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Editing. Those proficient in Document Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. Documentation Specialists see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. 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
$41,000


Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$41,000

Document Preparation
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Document Review and Distribution
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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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 16%
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