Senior Technical Writers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $60K to $119K per year, median earnings come to $80K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Technical Writers stretch from $60K on the lower end to $119K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$60,128 - $112,272
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MEDIAN: $79,778
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$25.87 - $69.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,128 - $112,272  
   
Bonus
$1,022 - $12,234  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,703  
Total Pay (?
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$60,252 - $119,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 826
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.87 - $69.50  
   
Overtime
$32.38 - $77.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,022 - $12,234  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,703  
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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$60,252 - $119,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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Job Description for Senior Technical Writer

Senior technical writers create detailed articles for magazines or online journals and publications in specialized fields, and may also write and edit technical operators' manuals and even certification tests. The senior-level designation normally implies that they handle the most important technical writing within a company, and they may also assign and edit the work of junior-level technical writers and review their submissions for accuracy.

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Senior Technical Writer Tasks

  • 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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Senior Technical Writers who transition into an upper level Technical Publications Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Technical Publications Manager makes $77K a year. Senior Technical Writers most frequently advance into Documentation Manager and Technical Editor roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $27K lower, respectively.

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Microsoft Corp, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Salesforce.com, Inc., and CA Technologies are among the top companies that take on many Senior Technical Writers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Salesforce.com, Inc. — the median salary there is $137K.

Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Survey results imply that Senior Technical Writers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in XML, HTML, Adobe FrameMaker, and Microsoft Visio are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Acrobat. It is not unusual for someone who knows Editing to be familiar with Writing Procedures & Documentation as well.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $66K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. 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 $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,905

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Senior Technical Writers that is 43 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+42 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Redwood City (+20 percent). In Houston, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Austin and Minneapolis earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 7 percent.

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Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 6%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

FrameMaker
0%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$82,000

Adobe RoboHelp
up arrow 1%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Procedures
up arrow 3%

Editing
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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