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Documentation Specialist Salary

An average Documentation Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47K annually. Total cash compensation to Documentation Specialists approaches anywhere from $28K on the lower end to $66K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. While experience level and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Documentation Specialists. The vast majority (82 percent) of Documentation Specialists who took the survey are female. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,491 - $71,652
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,848
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$12.32 - $25.38
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$12
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,491 - $71,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,595  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $4,865  
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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$28,155 - $66,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $25.38  
   
Overtime
$15.60 - $35.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,595  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $4,865  
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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$28,155 - $66,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452

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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 who move on to become Technical Writers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Technical Writers get paid an average of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Documentation Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Document Preparation, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Editing. The majority of those 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.


For many Documentation Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Documentation Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. 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 $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Documentation Specialists that is 57 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Documentation Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+50 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Charlotte (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Oklahoma City. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (8 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



National Average
$41,000

Document Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 16%