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Technical Publications Manager Salary

A little under three-quarters of Technical Publications Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $47K to $124K per year, and the average comes out to $76K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Women Technical Publications Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of Technical Publications Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,757 - $118,475
(Median)
$49K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,450
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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
$48,757 - $118,475  
   
Bonus
$98.87 - $17,811  
Profit Sharing
$397.77 - $5,087  
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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$47,316 - $123,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $30.58  
   
Overtime
$25.83 - $43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.87 - $17,811  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.77 - $5,087  
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).
)
$47,316 - $123,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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


Survey results show that Technical Publications Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, FrameMaker, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 14 percent, and 12 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. Most people 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Technical Publications Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $61K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $66K. For Technical Publications Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $80K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $91K.

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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

Project Management
up arrow 25%



People Management
up arrow 12%

National Average
$76,000



Microsoft Word
up arrow 13%

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 43 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%
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