Technical Writer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Technical Writer is $52,844 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, FrameMaker, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and RoboHelp.
Technical Writer Total Pay (?
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$36,458 - $79,303
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MEDIAN: $52,844
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Technical Writer Total Pay (?
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$14.55 - $44.32
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,458 - $79,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,722  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $8,422  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,500  
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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$34,395 - $83,870  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,923
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $44.32  
   
Overtime
$19.34 - $54.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,722  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $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).
)
$34,395 - $83,870  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,923
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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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Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries

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$53,000

Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

XML
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Editing
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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$53,000
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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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