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Technical Publications Manager Salary (United States)

With a little under three-quarters of Technical Publications Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Technical Publications Managers is $76K per year and can range from $47K on the lower end to $123K per year near the higher end. For the most part, Technical Publications Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Technical Publications Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Technical Publications Manager Salary (?
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$48,134 - $117,193
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $75,656
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Technical Publications Manager Salary (?
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$12.16 - $49.32
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,134 - $117,193  
   
Bonus
$100.22 - $18,067  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $5,000  
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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$47,308 - $123,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$25.61 - $43.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.22 - $18,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $5,000  
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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$47,308 - $123,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Senior Technical Writer. Median pay for Senior Technical Writers is $76K.

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Popular Skills for Technical Publications Manager

Technical Publications Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, FrameMaker, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 16 percent, and 15 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. It is often found that people who know FrameMaker are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Publications Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Technical Publications Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $55K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $64K. Technical Publications Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $92K on average.

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Experience Affects Technical Publications Manager Salaries

National Average
$76,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Technical Publications Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 26%
National Average
$76,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 13%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 33%
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 35%
Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 40%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%