Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

An average Mid-Career Technical Writer can expect to take home roughly $58K annually. Overall cash earnings for Mid-Career Technical Writers stretch from $41K on the lower end to $84K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,261 - $80,104
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,542
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90%

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$17.69 - $47.80
(Median)
$18
$28
$48
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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
$41,261 - $80,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,891  
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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$40,563 - $84,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,023
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $47.80  
   
Overtime
$23.81 - $52.75  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,891  
   
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).
)
$40,563 - $84,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Pittsburgh and 8 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
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HTML
up arrow 3%

Editing
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XML
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National Average
$59,000

FrameMaker
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

RoboHelp
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Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 18%
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