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Technical Publications Manager Salary

Technical Publications Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Technical Publications Managers. Salaries average out to around $76K per year and spread from $47K to $124K per year. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Most Technical Publications Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,514 - $118,003
(Median)
$49K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,450
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90%

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$12.16 - $30.58
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,514 - $118,003  
   
Bonus
$99.55 - $18,297  
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 - $123,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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
$99.55 - $18,297  
   
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 - $123,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 suggest that Technical Publications Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Publications Manager

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


Technical Publications Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $61K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $66K. Technical Publications Managers see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $88K.

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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 46 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
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%