A Technical Writer earns an average salary of $56,599 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Adobe FrameMaker is associated with high pay for this job.

$39,275 - $83,269
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$39K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,599
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$15.16 - $45.81
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$46
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,275 - $83,269  
   
Bonus
$510 - $8,211  
Profit Sharing
$499.44 - $8,027  
Total Pay (?
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$37,234 - $87,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,276
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $45.81  
   
Overtime
$20.54 - $48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$510 - $8,211  
   
Profit Sharing
$499.44 - $8,027  
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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$37,234 - $87,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 992
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Job Description for Technical Writer

Most of the time, technical writers work in offices full-time as salaried employees. They usually write instruction manuals and other documents in a way that will communicate complex, technical information in nontechnical language. They also develop, gather, and communicate technical information among customers, designers, production workers, and manufacturers.

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Technical Writer Tasks

  • Gather and research information for use in technical documentation.
  • Assist in layout work.
  • Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,095

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What is it like working as a Technical Writer?

Technical Writer in Houston:
"Used to be the Perfect Job but Corporate Politics Ruined It."
Pros: Under the original owner, I was given a mandate to create the best knowledge base in the industry, with freedom to initiate the programs as I saw fit. I reported directly to the CEO, and worked with management and employees across departments throughout the company. I was able to use my creativity and hard work to significantly improve the knowledge base and keep it up to date. I loved the job; department heads, supervisors and employees loved what I did; and people were impressed with what I could accomplish.
Cons: When the company was purchased, middle management started getting nervous, and consolidated power and removed potential rivals to protect themselves. Upper management from the new parent company seemed to like my ideas and respond to my initiatives well. Considering I had only been with the company a few years, middle management did not like that, especially since many had been their from the founding of the company. Suddenly I found myself under a new middle management supervisor who set me up to fail (like telling me not to work on something, then writing me up for not working on it, and having someone with admin access alter chat logs so it said things I never said, etc.). Within 3 weeks I was fired and my new manager replaced with me with her best friend, took credit for my work, and got the promotion I was in line to get.

Technical Writer in Portsmouth:
"Tech Writer."
Pros: Able to go to all departments within the company and observe to get an understanding what they do. Updating the 50 plus manuals we have. Identifying changes in processes and how they impact the manuals and forms.
Cons: Miscommunication between departments.

Technical Writer in San Antonio:
"Technical writing."
Pros: - learning new things every day. - can work from anywhere. - interact with many people. - help others understand how to use a product. -
Cons: - sometimes it is difficult to comprehend and convey how new technology works.

Technical Writer in Columbus:
"Instructional Design."
Pros: I enjoy documenting processes and incorporating pleasing design aspects to make my work communicate efficiently and easily to the reader.
Cons: The attitudes of those I work with. I have no issues with the work.

Technical Writer in Harrisonburg:
"Writing Technically."
Pros: I enjoy my fellow workers and the work environment at this company. Some of the topics are interesting and people are willing to answer questions.
Cons: For the proposal center, the work flow tends to be feast or famine. There is no respect given to the work I do, it only seems to be appreciated if we win.

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Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries




XML
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HTML
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Adobe Acrobat
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National Average
$56,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 345 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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