Senior Technical Writer Salary

With over three-quarters of Senior Technical Writers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Technical Writers is $77K per year and can range from $56K on the lower end to $114K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Senior Technical Writers range from $56K on the low end to $114K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $12K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most Senior Technical Writers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and the larger part get vision benefits. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$55,840 - $107,473
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$56K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,138
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$26.31 - $64.79
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$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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Hourly Rate
$26.31 - $64.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$30.39 - $69.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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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.

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Senior Technical Writers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Technical Publications Manager. Median pay for Technical Publications Managers is $76K. Senior Technical Writers most frequently become Documentation Managers and Technical Editors even though median compensation is $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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in HTML, XML, Microsoft Visio, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know FrameMaker and Adobe Acrobat. Most people experienced in Writing Procedures & Documentation also know Editing and FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Technical Writer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Technical Writers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $66K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $72K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $81K. Senior Technical Writers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $85K.

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). In Austin, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Dallas and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 3%

FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

RoboHelp
up arrow 1%

Procedures
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National Average
$80,000

Editing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%




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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