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Documentation Specialist Salary

Documentation Specialists in the United States take home approximately $47K per year on average. Incomes of Documentation Specialists vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $28K on the low end and $66K on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Documentation Specialists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,496 - $71,070
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $46,665
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$12.34 - $25.21
(Median)
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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
$30,496 - $71,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,569  
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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$28,099 - $65,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 515
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $25.21  
   
Overtime
$16.88 - $35.89  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,569  
   
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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$28,099 - $65,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Document Preparation, and Document Review and Distribution are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Editing. Those educated in Document Preparation tend to be well versed 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. 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


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Documentation Specialists, 50 percent higher than the national average. Documentation Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). In Oklahoma City, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Denver and 6 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Document Review and Distribution
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
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%
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