Documentation Specialist Salary

Documentation Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $16.63 per hour on average. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. For the most part, Documentation Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Documentation Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,783 - $67,483
$32K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $47,142
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$12.11 - $24.82
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MEDIAN: $16.64
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$0$67K
Salary $31,783 - $67,483
Bonus $500 - $5,748
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$28,066 - $61,012
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 397
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.11 - $24.82
Overtime $15.43 - $34.24
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $500 - $5,748
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$28,066 - $61,012
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 437

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Job Description for Documentation Specialist

A documentation specialist normally works with a company that requires the maintenance of an extensive amount of written communication, policy briefs, records and systems specifications or manuals. This is typically an office-based job, and one that requires an individual to have excellent organizational skills.

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Documentation Specialist Tasks

  • Review documents and written external communication for format, consistency and compliance with existing procedures.
  • Train staff on document control policies and procedures.
  • Maintain revision control and tracking for controlled documents.
  • Confirm that all submitted documentation is accurate and complete.
  • Review site policies, operating procedures, work instructions and forms for format consistency.

Common Career Paths for Documentation Specialist


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Documentation Specialists may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Technical Writer, where median compensation is $78K annually. A Documentation Specialist often moves on to become a Technical Writer or a Document Control Specialist.

Documentation Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Documentation Specialist


Although J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) boasts the highest average salary in town at $40K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $23K or as much as $51K.

Popular Skills for Documentation Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Auditing, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry, Loan Documents, and Typing. Those familiar with Document Preparation also tend to know Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Documentation Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Documentation Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Documentation Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 463 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Documentation Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 221 salaries. An experienced Documentation Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 186 salaries. A Documentation Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 75 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,494

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Documentation Specialists, Rockville provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Documentation Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent), Minneapolis (+28 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Houston (10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Documentation Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Documentation Specialist?

Documentation Specialist in Cincinnati:
Pros: I love getting docs from doctor offices to help clients get their durable medical equipment.
Cons: Not being able to work from home.

Documentation Specialist in Moraine:
"It is very tedious."
Pros: Being able to work overtime.
Cons: The pay.

Documentation Specialist in Rahway:
"Nice, but no benefits."
Pros: Easy, bosses are awesome,
Cons: Pay sucks, hours are arduous, no holdays, no vacations, no benefits. At least there is overtime.

Documentation Specialist in Tulsa:
"Great Challenging Position."
Pros: I love the searching for the correct documentation, it is so satisfying to get every piece of the correct documentation to bill a claim.
Cons: Annoying co-worker that is everyone's nightmare.

Documentation Specialist in Minneapolis:
"Challenging."
Pros: Working in an ERP system with a manufacturing environment with engineers.
Cons: Stubborn engineers that are always right.

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Key Stats for Documentation Specialist

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Documentation Specialist Salaries

▲28%

▲20%

▲10%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Documentation Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲23%

Auditing
▲13%



▲4%


Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$40,000


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%



Document Management
▼4%

Typing
▼14%

Loan Documents
▼16%

Data Entry
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 16%
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