Slightly less than three-fifths of Engineering Documents Specification Writers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $95K per year, but median earnings come to around $77K per year. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. The vast majority (81 percent) of Engineering Documents Specification Writers who answered the questionnaire are male. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,152 - $96,995
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$39K
$77K
$97K
MEDIAN: $76,537
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$16.26 - $42.50
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$16
$23
$42
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,152 - $96,995  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
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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$37,031 - $94,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $42.50  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
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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$37,031 - $94,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Specification Writer, Engineering Documents

  • Gather and research information for use in technical documentation.
  • Assist in layout work.
  • Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Specification Writer, Engineering Documents

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $45K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Engineering Documents Specification Writers make a median salary of $83K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Specification Writer, Engineering Documents Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$71,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 35%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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