Technical Writer Salary

The average salary for a Technical Writer is $53,604 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are XML and FrameMaker.

$37,917 - $79,680
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$38K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,604
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$14.99 - $45.84
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$46
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,917 - $79,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,213  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $8,422  
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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$35,717 - $84,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,373
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $45.84  
   
Overtime
$19.66 - $51.57  
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 - $5,213  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,084  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $8,422  
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).
)
$35,717 - $84,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,378
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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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Technical Writer Reviews

What is it like working as a Technical Writer?

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.

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
$54,000


Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries


XML
up arrow 11%




HTML
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$54,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

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 814 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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