Mid-Career Technical Writers pull down an average of $62K annually. Mid-Career Technical Writers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Mid-Career Technical Writers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,202 - $83,285
(Median)
$46K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $61,620
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$19.99 - $48.98
(Median)
$20
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,202 - $83,285  
   
Bonus
$982 - $9,927  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$45,196 - $89,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 624
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.99 - $48.98  
   
Overtime
$27.92 - $60.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$982 - $9,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$45,196 - $89,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,236

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Surpassing the national average by 53 percent, Mid-Career Technical Writers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mid-Career Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+41 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Mid-Career Technical Writers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Mid-Career Technical Writers in Cleveland bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Huntsville (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

HTML
up arrow 5%

XML
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Visio
0%

National Average
$62,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

RoboHelp
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

FrameMaker
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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