Technical Publications Manager Salary

More than two-thirds of Technical Publications Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $126K per year, but median earnings come to around $77K per year. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Most Technical Publications Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,908 - $119,781
(Median)
$49K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,786
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$12.16 - $30.58
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,908 - $119,781  
   
Bonus
$98.39 - $17,229  
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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$47,552 - $126,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $30.58  
   
Overtime
$25.83 - $43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.39 - $17,229  
   
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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$47,552 - $126,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 transition into an upper level Senior Technical Writer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Senior Technical Writer makes $77K a year.

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Popular Skills for Technical Publications Manager


Technical Publications Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Content Management, Project Management, and FrameMaker are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 25 percent, and 14 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. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Publications Manager

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


For many Technical Publications Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $61K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Technical Publications Managers make a median salary of $82K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $93K.

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Experience Affects Technical Publications Manager Salaries



National Average
$76,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Technical Publications Manager Salaries

Content Management
up arrow 34%

Project Management
up arrow 25%



People Management
up arrow 12%

National Average
$76,000


Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%


Adobe InDesign
up arrow 33%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 36%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%
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