Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers sits in the ballpark of $57K annually. In the world of Mid-Career Technical Writers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $84K. Women Mid-Career Technical Writers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,971 - $80,238
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,937
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50%
90%

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$17.49 - $46.93
(Median)
$17
$28
$47
MEDIAN: $28.00
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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
$40,971 - $80,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,884  
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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$40,338 - $84,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,033
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
$17.49 - $46.93  
   
Overtime
$23.92 - $52.51  
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 - $5,884  
   
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).
)
$40,338 - $84,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368

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Pay Difference by Location


For Mid-Career Technical Writers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+30 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Huntsville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

XML
up arrow 2%

National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

FrameMaker
up arrow 4%

RoboHelp
up arrow 4%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
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 270 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%