A Technical Writer in Chicago, Illinois earns an average salary of $56,336 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Microsoft Visio, Adobe FrameMaker, FrameMaker, RoboHelp, and HTML. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$39,296 - $80,790
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$39K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $56,336
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$15.65 - $58.72
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$16
$32
$59
MEDIAN: $32.00
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,296 - $80,790  
   
Bonus
$3,250  
Total Pay (?
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$36,150 - $84,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.65 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$20.75  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,250  
   
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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$36,150 - $84,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 35%

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 22%

FrameMaker
up arrow 21%

RoboHelp
up arrow 20%

HTML
up arrow 18%

National Average
$59,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 8%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 12%

Editing
up arrow 21%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 21%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 24%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 27%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 31%

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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