Technical Writer Salary

The average salary for a Technical Writer is $55,070 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are RoboHelp, FrameMaker, and XML.

$38,857 - $81,258
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$39K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,069
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$15.18 - $47.91
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,857 - $81,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,100  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $8,445  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$36,850 - $86,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,563
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $47.91  
   
Overtime
$20.24 - $52.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,100  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $8,445  
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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$36,850 - $86,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,470
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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: $55,166

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What is it like working as a Technical Writer?

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.

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
$55,000


Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries


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XML
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Editing
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Adobe Acrobat
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National Average
$55,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 727 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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