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Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Earnings for Mid-Career Technical Writers come in at around $56K per year on average. In the world of Mid-Career Technical Writers, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $83K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $13K, respectively. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$40,439 - $79,546
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,136
10%
50%
90%

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$16.90 - $45.76
(Median)
$17
$27
$46
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,439 - $79,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,211  
Profit Sharing
$688 - $12,500  
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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$39,909 - $83,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,069
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
$16.90 - $45.76  
   
Overtime
$22.69 - $52.45  
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 - $5,211  
   
Profit Sharing
$688 - $12,500  
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).
)
$39,909 - $83,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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Pay Difference by Location


For Mid-Career Technical Writers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+37 percent), San Jose (+32 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Huntsville. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Pittsburgh and 8 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Skills That Affect Mid-Career Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 6%

Editing
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 5%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 301 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 18%