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Senior Technical Writer Salary

Senior Technical Writers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $76K annually, but may range from $55K to $110K per year. In the world of Senior Technical Writers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $55K and $110K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Technical Writers (56 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,556 - $103,587
(Median)
$55K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,762
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90%

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$25.28 - $61.14
(Median)
$25
$40
$61
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$54,556 - $103,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,855  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $11,562  
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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$54,551 - $110,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.28 - $61.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$30.03 - $73.29  
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 - $9,855  
   
Profit Sharing
$984 - $11,562  
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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$54,551 - $110,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349

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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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For Senior Technical Writers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Technical Writers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Documentation Manager.

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Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Senior Technical Writers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, XML, Microsoft Visio, and Writing Procedures & Documentation 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. Those familiar with FrameMaker also tend to 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $63K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $71K on average. Senior Technical Writers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $81K. 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 $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Technical Writers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Senior Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Dallas (5 percent less).

Related Job Salaries

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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%


Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 3%

FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$78,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 413 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
46%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

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