Senior Technical Writer Salary

Senior Technical Writers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $60K to $121K per year, median earnings come to $80K per year. In the world of Senior Technical Writers, overall income ranges from $60K near the bottom to $121K at the top; this can include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. For the most part, Senior Technical Writers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,670 - $114,360
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MEDIAN: $79,962
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$25.47 - $72.89
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,670 - $114,360  
   
Bonus
$1,027 - $13,446  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$59,655 - $121,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$25.47 - $72.89  
   
Overtime
$32.52 - $79.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,027 - $13,446  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $9,000  
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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$59,655 - $121,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 149

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Job Description for Senior Technical Writer

Senior technical writers create detailed articles for magazines or online journals and publications in specialized fields, and may also write and edit technical operators' manuals and even certification tests. The senior-level designation normally implies that they handle the most important technical writing within a company, and they may also assign and edit the work of junior-level technical writers and review their submissions for accuracy.

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Senior Technical Writer Tasks

  • Organize, review, and write materials for clarity and message.
  • Standardize documentation for layout, style, and language, and create templates and scripts to automate as possible.
  • Work with project teams to create documentation for diverse groups.
  • Track revisions and edits, and maintain files.
  • Review and improve formatting and visual components, and select drawings and specifications.

Common Career Paths for Senior Technical Writer


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Many Senior Technical Writers move into a Technical Publications Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Technical Publications Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Technical Writers. Many Senior Technical Writers advance into roles as Documentation Managers or Technical Editors, but the median salaries are $11K lower and $28K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Technical Writer


Dominating the field, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Salesforce.com, Inc., and CA Technologies are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Technical Writers. Salesforce.com, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $137K.

Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in XML, HTML, Adobe FrameMaker, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Editing, and Microsoft Word. Editing and Writing Procedures & Documentation are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Technical Writer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Technical Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Technical Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Technical Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 226 salaries. An experienced Senior Technical Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 429 salaries. A Senior Technical Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 309 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,125

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

Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Senior Technical Writers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+46 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Senior Technical Writers in Dayton make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Houston (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Technical Writer

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$82,000

▼9%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
▲7%

▲5%



Microsoft Visio
▼0%

National Average
$82,000

▼1%



▼2%



▼3%


▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 13%
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