An Entry-Level Senior Technical Writer earns an average salary of $64,185 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Project Management and Microsoft Visio.

$44,641 - $99,362
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$18.70 - $53.36
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$44,641 - $99,362  
   
Bonus
$970 - $12,146  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
Total Pay (?
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$44,626 - $105,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.70 - $53.36  
   
Overtime
$32.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$970 - $12,146  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$44,626 - $105,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Technical Writer in San Diego:
"Be prepared."
A degree in English would be good preparation. At least be prepared to work in an environment with an attention to detail. Many positions are high-pressure workplaces with little room for mistakes. Documents are many company's only public face to the world, so it is important to keep this in mind.

Senior Technical Writer in Cleveland:
"Reputation is really important."
Establish a great reputation--as a team player, as someone dedicated to doing a good job, as someone willing to work really hard. The reputation follows you, which is great, and the habits you form stay with you, too.

Senior Technical Writer in Johnson City:
"Viewed as a glorified secretary; no respect."
Don't do it. Don't even think about it. Do anything else. If you are capable of grasping highly complex technical information, do the actual job, don't just write about it.

Senior Technical Writer in Albuquerque:
"Technical Communication!"
Learn what you can about the publications field. Build your software and configuration management skills. Build your technical knowledge (STEM). Become familiar with style guides. Become proficient with templates and style sheets. Learn to be resourceful when faced with problem solving. Obtain project management certification. Learn to work with schedulers. Learn how to have crucial conversations, be accountable and be an influencer.

Senior Technical Writer in Dublin:
"Subject Matter Expertise Makes You Valuable."
The subject matter expertise that you bring to a position is just as important as the ability to writer.

Senior Technical Writer in Albuquerque:
"Keeping up with the technology."
It is critical that you keep up with changes in the technology, e.g., learning new software for graphics, spreadsheets, etc., not just for writing.

Senior Technical Writer in Schiller Park:
"Attention to Detail."
Pay attention to the details. You have the opportunity to make something complex clear to someone else. Always approach every task with a willingness to learn and grow and you will naturally pass that along.

Key Stats for Senior Technical Writer

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
064
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
35%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 10%

XML
up arrow 8%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 6%

Procedures
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 3%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$65,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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