Technical Publications Manager Salary

Technical Publications Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $78K annually on average but can range from $47K to $128K per year. The majority of Technical Publications Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Technical Publications Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,858 - $120,146

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$15.00 - $31.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,858 - $120,146  
   
Bonus
$99.10 - $15,609  
Profit Sharing
$395.48 - $11,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,202 - $127,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $31.12  
   
Overtime
$25.05 - $47.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.10 - $15,609  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.48 - $11,500  
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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$47,202 - $127,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Technical Publications Manager

A technical publications manager specializes in the technical writing field. He or she solely relies on his or her literary capabilities and manages technical writing projects, which range from small literary companies to major firms. This job requires a lot of concentration and focus for extended periods of time, as a successful candidate in this position needs to sift through numerous publications for errors and simultaneously lead other technical writers.

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Technical Publications Manager Tasks

  • Track and forecast budgets.
  • Supervise and coordinate staff to stay on schedule and provide appropriate materials.
  • Oversee the process of technical publications from planning to delivery.
  • Oversee standards and quality assurance for publications, including updates.

Common Career Paths for Technical Publications Manager


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Technical Publications Managers who go on to become Senior Technical Writers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Senior Technical Writer, an upper-level role, pays $77K.

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Popular Skills for Technical Publications Manager


Survey takers working as Technical Publications Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Content Management, Project Management, and FrameMaker are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 23 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Acrobat as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Publications Manager

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $61K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $66K. Technical Publications Managers see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $96K.

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Experience Affects Technical Publications Manager Salaries



National Average
$77,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Technical Publications Manager Salaries

Content Management
up arrow 32%

Project Management
up arrow 23%



People Management
up arrow 11%

National Average
$77,000



Microsoft Word
up arrow 15%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 34%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 37%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%
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