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Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers sits in the ballpark of $57K per year. Total cash compensation to Mid-Career Technical Writers approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women Mid-Career Technical Writers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Mid-Career Technical Writers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$41,089 - $80,134
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,215
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50%
90%

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$17.66 - $46.63
(Median)
$18
$28
$47
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,089 - $80,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,698  
Profit Sharing
$685 - $10,067  
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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$40,457 - $84,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.66 - $46.63  
   
Overtime
$23.98 - $52.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,698  
   
Profit Sharing
$685 - $10,067  
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).
)
$40,457 - $84,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375

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Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Mid-Career Technical Writers, 42 percent higher than the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+30 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (10 percent lower) and Minneapolis (8 percent lower).

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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Editing
up arrow 2%

XML
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

FrameMaker
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

RoboHelp
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 17%
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