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 $55K to $111K per year, and the average comes out to $76K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Senior Technical Writers spread between $55K and $111K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Women Senior Technical Writers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Senior Technical Writers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$54,934 - $104,029
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$55K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,874
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$25.45 - $60.96
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$40
$61
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,934 - $104,029  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,847  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $11,745  
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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$55,007 - $110,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,484
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.45 - $60.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$29.96 - $73.58  
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 - $9,847  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $11,745  
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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$55,007 - $110,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
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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


Survey takers working as Senior Technical Writers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Most people skilled in FrameMaker are similarly competent in 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 many Senior Technical Writers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $64K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $71K. Senior Technical Writers bring in $81K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Technical Writers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Senior Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Minneapolis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 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
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 4%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

RoboHelp
up arrow 3%

FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

Procedures
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$78,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 360 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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