Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Median pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers is around $62K per year. Total cash compensation to Mid-Career Technical Writers approaches anywhere from $46K on the lower end to $91K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $16K from profit sharing. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Mid-Career Technical Writers (63 percent) who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Mid-Career Technical Writers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$47,313 - $84,681
$47K
$62K
$85K
MEDIAN: $62,417
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$19.81 - $49.28
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MEDIAN: $29.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,313 - $84,681  
   
Bonus
$950 - $9,926  
Profit Sharing
$495.51 - $16,487  
Total Pay (?
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$45,946 - $91,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.81 - $49.28  
   
Overtime
$27.95 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$950 - $9,926  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.51 - $16,487  
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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$45,946 - $91,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 220

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,924

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For those looking to make money, Mid-Career Technical Writers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 59 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+31 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Huntsville (17 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Technical Writer

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
5-9 years
73%
10-19 years
27%
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Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

XML
▲5%

HTML
▲4%

Project Management
▲3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼0%

Microsoft Visio
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Adobe FrameMaker
▼2%

Microsoft Sharepoint Server
▼2%

▼3%

Adobe Photoshop
▼3%




RoboHelp
▼5%

Microsoft Excel
▼7%

FrameMaker
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 18%