Senior Technical Writer Salary

Over three-fourths of Senior Technical Writers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $54K to $110K per year, and the average comes out to $75K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Technical Writers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $54K to approximately $110K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and experience level. For the most part, Senior Technical Writers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Technical Writers (57 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$54,264 - $103,045
(Median)
$54K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,262
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$25.11 - $60.71
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$61
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,264 - $103,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
Profit Sharing
$978 - $10,558  
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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$54,237 - $109,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.11 - $60.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$29.96 - $71.79  
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
$0.00 - $9,875  
   
Profit Sharing
$978 - $10,558  
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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$54,237 - $109,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 348

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Job Description for Senior Technical Writer

  • Track revisions and edits, and maintain files.
  • Review and improve formatting and visual components, and select drawings and specifications.
  • Work with project teams to create documentation for diverse groups.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Senior Technical Writers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, XML, Microsoft Visio, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Most people who know FrameMaker also know Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Technical Writer

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


Senior Technical Writers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $64K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $71K. Senior Technical Writers bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Technical Writers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Senior Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+27 percent), New York (+23 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas and Portland (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries



National Average
$78,000



Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 5%


Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 4%

FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$78,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 431 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 13%