Specification Writer, Engineering Documents Salary

Engineering Documents Specification Writers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $36K to $96K per year, median earnings come to $79K annually. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Engineering Documents Specification Writers are male. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,975 - $97,436
$39K
$79K
$97K
MEDIAN: $78,799
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$12.24 - $47.00
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$24
$47
MEDIAN: $23.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,975 - $97,436  
   
Bonus
$4,250  
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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$35,808 - $95,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $47.00  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$4,250  
   
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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$35,808 - $95,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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Job Description for Specification Writer, Engineering Documents

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

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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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $43K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $48K. Engineering Documents Specification Writers bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Key Stats for Specification Writer, Engineering Documents

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Specification Writer, Engineering Documents Salaries

Experienced
▲15%

Late-Career
▲14%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
▼34%

Entry-Level
▼42%

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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