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Senior Technical Writer Salary

Senior Technical Writers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over three-quarters of Senior Technical Writers. Pay fluctuates from $55K to $110K per year, but expected earnings average $76K annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Technical Writers varies from around $55K to approximately $110K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $12K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,674 - $103,605
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$55K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,039
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$25.26 - $61.23
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$40
$61
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,674 - $103,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $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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$54,650 - $110,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.26 - $61.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$29.99 - $73.44  
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 - $9,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $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).
)
$54,650 - $110,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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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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Many Senior Technical Writers move into a Documentation Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Documentation Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Technical Writers.

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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, Project Management, Microsoft Visio, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in FrameMaker tend to be well versed 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $63K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $71K. Senior Technical Writers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Technical Writers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Senior Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (5 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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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%

Project Management
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 398 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
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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