Technical Publications Manager Salary

The majority of Technical Publications Managers in the United States — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $47K to $129K per year, and the median is $78K per year. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Technical Publications Managers (55 percent) survey respondents. Most Technical Publications Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,718 - $120,492
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$49K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,910
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$12.26 - $30.58
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,718 - $120,492  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $15,456  
Profit Sharing
$409.63  
Total Pay (?
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$46,910 - $128,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $30.58  
   
Overtime
$27.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $15,456  
   
Profit Sharing
$409.63  
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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$46,910 - $128,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Content Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Project Management and FrameMaker are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 20 percent and 23 percent. 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.


Technical Publications Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Technical Publications Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $62K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. Technical Publications Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $96K.

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Experience Affects Technical Publications Manager Salaries



National Average
$77,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Technical Publications Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 23%

Content Management
up arrow 23%



People Management
up arrow 10%

National Average
$77,000



Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 33%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 37%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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