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Technical Writer Salary

The average salary for a Technical Writer is $53,341 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in XML is associated with high pay for this job.

$37,286 - $79,622
(Median)
$37K
$53K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,340
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$14.85 - $45.72
(Median)
$15
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,286 - $79,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,211  
Profit Sharing
$680 - $8,400  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,084  
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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$35,281 - $84,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $45.72  
   
Overtime
$19.79 - $52.22  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,211  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,084  
Profit Sharing
$680 - $8,400  
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).
)
$35,281 - $84,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,337

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Job Description for Technical Writer

Technical writers are responsible for taking technical information and rewriting it in a way that can be easily understood and utilized by non-technical people. Some of their work includes instruction manuals, user guides, manuals, white pages, design specifications, system manuals, and online help. These documents can be for technical, business or consumer audiences. Operating and maintenance manuals are also created by a technical writer. These are created for the technical worker who has a greater understanding of the subject. Creating these documents requires a great deal of research and subject matter knowledge. This is why many technical writers are subject matter experts. The online help files, documentation, and user guides that are seen on websites are also written by technical writers. To be a technical writer, one should have excellent research and writing skills, along with an understanding of information design, information architecture, training material development, illustration and graphic design, website design and management, user interfaces, and business analysis. An associate's or bachelor's degree in a science or technology field is required to work as a technical writer. It is also helpful to have a background in journalism or similar writing field. Technical writers are often experts in English language and grammar. It is important to become familiar with software programs such as Microsoft Word, Photoshop, and Illustrator. With these qualifications, a technical writer can be employed by the government, engineering firms, equipment manufacturers, and book and magazine publishers, or he or she can choose to be an independent contractor that does consulting and writing for many different companies.


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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Technical Writer Reviews

What is it like working as a Technical Writer?

Technical Writer in Warren:
"Usually a fun opportunity to learn new things."
Pros: Research, editing, graphic design, and creating engaging multimedia content are the cornerstone of what I do, and it can be fun. The people I work with are very accommodating, and there's always new learning opportunities.
Cons: Dealing with inconsistent product specifications, working against a deadline, and getting no budget for much-needed info, equipment, and upgrades are the constant challenges of working for a hungry small business. Seeing years of work go up in smoke because the current marketing person wants to change everything for no good or justified reason can be a little frustrating too.

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Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 12%




HTML
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$53,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 876 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 18%