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Technical Publications Manager Salary

Technical Publications Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $76K annually on average but can range from $47K to $124K per year. Women Technical Publications Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Technical Publications Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,743 - $118,420
(Median)
$49K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,315
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$12.16 - $30.58
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,743 - $118,420  
   
Bonus
$99.10 - $18,548  
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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$47,356 - $123,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.10 - $18,548  
   
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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$47,356 - $123,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Many Technical Publications Managers move into a Senior Technical Writer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Senior Technical Writers on average bring in a similar salary to Technical Publications Managers.

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Popular Skills for Technical Publications Manager


Technical Publications Managers seem to require a number of specific 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, 13 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. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Publications Manager

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


For many Technical Publications Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $60K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $90K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Technical Publications Manager Salaries



National Average
$76,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

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 45 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
31%

Common Health Benefits

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