Senior Technical Writer Salary

More than 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 $56K to $114K per year, and the average comes out to $77K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Technical Writers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $56K to approximately $114K. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Technical Writers (56 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$55,840 - $107,473
(Median)
$56K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,138
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$26.31 - $64.79
(Median)
$26
$41
$65
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,840 - $107,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,055  
Profit Sharing
$766 - $11,635  
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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$56,480 - $114,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.31 - $64.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$30.39 - $69.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$766 - $11,635  
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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$56,480 - $114,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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.

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 go on to become Documentation Managers or Technical Editors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $8K lower and $25K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Technical Writer


Salesforce.com, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $137K.

Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Senior Technical Writers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in HTML, XML, Microsoft Visio, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Most people skilled in Writing Procedures & Documentation are similarly competent in Editing and FrameMaker. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in FrameMaker and Adobe Acrobat.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Technical Writer

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


For Senior Technical Writers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $66K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Technical Writers make a median salary of $81K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $85K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,795

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

With a pay rate for Senior Technical Writers that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+30 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Dallas and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
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HTML
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Visio
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FrameMaker
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

RoboHelp
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Procedures
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National Average
$80,000

Editing
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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