Senior Technical Writer Salary (United States)

Senior Technical Writers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—more than three-quarters have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $52,943 to $109,302 per year, typical earnings come to $76,630 per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women Senior Technical Writers just slightly outnumber men in the field. Most Senior Technical Writers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Technical Writer Salary (?
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$52,844 - $101,973
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MEDIAN: $73,902
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Senior Technical Writer Salary (?
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$24.82 - $61.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,844 - $101,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,833  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $11,920  
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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$52,943 - $109,302  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$24.82 - $61.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$29.95 - $73.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,833  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $11,920  
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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$52,943 - $109,302  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 331
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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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As Senior Technical Writers transition into upper-level roles, they actually see a sharp decline in salary. For instance, a Proposal Writer will usually earn less than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer

Survey results imply that Senior Technical Writers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in XML, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Project Management, and Microsoft Visio are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Exchange. Most people familiar with 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.
For Senior Technical Writers, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $61K, which grows to $71K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $80K. Salaries grow more slowly as Senior Technical Writers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $82K. The largest number of Senior Technical Writers have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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National Average
$77,000
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Senior Technical Writers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Jose, New York, Boston, and Seattle, top-paying markets where Senior Technical Writers rake in more than the national norm (+29 percent, +21 percent, +17 percent, and +16 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Employers in Atlanta and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-8 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries

National Average
$77,000

Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
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Microsoft Visio
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FrameMaker
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Microsoft Word
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RoboHelp
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HTML
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Editing
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National Average
$77,000
Microsoft Office
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Adobe Acrobat
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Technical Writing
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Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Exchange
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 447 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 14%
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