Senior Technical Writer Salary

With nearly four in five 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 $76K per year and can range from $55K on the lower end to $111K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Senior Technical Writers range from $55K on the low end to $111K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $12K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Women Senior Technical Writers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Senior Technical Writers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$55,179 - $104,243

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$25.60 - $60.71

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$55,179 - $104,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,862  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $11,792  
Total Pay (?
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$55,342 - $110,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,482
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$25.60 - $60.71  
   
Hourly Tips
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Overtime
$30.13 - $73.73  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,862  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $11,792  
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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$55,342 - $110,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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 who transition into an upper level Documentation Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Documentation Manager makes $73K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Senior Technical Writers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in XML, HTML, Microsoft Visio, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. 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.


Senior Technical Writers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $71K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Technical Writers make a median salary of $80K. 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 $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Technical Writers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), New York (+23 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 7 percent below the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries



National Average
$78,000



Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
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Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 4%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
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FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

RoboHelp
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Procedures
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Editing
0%

National Average
$78,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 349 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 14%
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