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Documentation Specialist Salary

The average salary for Documentation Specialists in the United States is $47K annually, and pay runs especially high in New York, where the average is $63K. Documentation Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+26 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,349 - $70,346
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$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,520
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$12.41 - $25.67
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,349 - $70,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,448  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $4,848  
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 - $65,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 504
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$14.59 - $35.88  
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 - $4,448  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $4,848  
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).
)
$28,119 - $65,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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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For Documentation Specialists, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Technical Writer will earn $54K annually.

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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 seem to negatively impact pay include Editing. Those familiar with Document Preparation also tend to know Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Documentation Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Documentation Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. For Documentation Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Documentation Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Documentation Specialist Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries



Document Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$41,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

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: 60% employee benefits None: 17%