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Technical Writer Salary in Chicago, Illinois

A Technical Writer in Chicago, Illinois earns an average salary of $49,229 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Writing Procedures & Documentation, FrameMaker, and RoboHelp. 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.

$35,726 - $80,375
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $49,228
10%
50%
90%

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$16.01 - $51.06
(Median)
$16
$29
$51
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,726 - $80,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
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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$34,766 - $84,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$16.01 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$32.03 - $67.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
   
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).
)
$34,766 - $84,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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Pay by Experience Level for Technical Writer in Chicago, Illinois

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Technical Writer in Chicago, Illinois Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 95%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Technical Writer in Chicago, Illinois Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 36%

FrameMaker
up arrow 36%

RoboHelp
up arrow 19%

National Average
$51,000

Editing
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

HTML
up arrow 9%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 15%
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