Journalist with Technical Writing Skills Salary

Those pursuing careers as Journalists with Technical Writing skills may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $41K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, about one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Journalists with Technical Writing skills who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,534 - $72,455
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$72K
MEDIAN: $41,339
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90%

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$10.21 - $20.72
(Median)
$10
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,534 - $72,455  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$23,511 - $71,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $20.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$9.38 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$23,511 - $71,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

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


Journalists with Technical Writing skills with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Journalist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 33%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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