Technical Publications Manager Salary

With more than two-thirds 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 $77K annually and can range from $48K on the lower end to $127K per year near the higher end. Women make up a slight majority of Technical Publications Managers (51 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Most Technical Publications Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,983 - $119,895
(Median)
$49K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,242
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$12.16 - $30.58
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$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,983 - $119,895  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $17,089  
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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$47,662 - $127,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $17,089  
   
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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$47,662 - $127,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 go on to become Senior Technical Writers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Senior Technical Writer, an upper-level role, pays $77K.

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Popular Skills for Technical Publications Manager


Survey results imply that Technical Publications Managers deploy a deep pool of 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 33 percent, 24 percent, and 13 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $61K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $65K. Technical Publications Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $83K. 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
$77,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Technical Publications Manager Salaries

Content Management
up arrow 33%

Project Management
up arrow 24%



People Management
up arrow 11%

National Average
$77,000



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 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
39%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%
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