Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Median pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers is around $58K annually. Final cash compensation to Mid-Career Technical Writers varies from around $41K to approximately $84K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $10K, respectively. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Job satisfaction for Mid-Career Technical Writers is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$41,261 - $80,142
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,651
10%
50%
90%

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$17.77 - $47.88
(Median)
$18
$28
$48
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
$41,261 - $80,142  
   
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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$40,595 - $84,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,022
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.77 - $47.88  
   
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 - $5,884  
   
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).
)
$40,595 - $84,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Mid-Career Technical Writers that is 40 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mid-Career Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Technical Writing
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HTML
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Editing
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XML
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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Office
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FrameMaker
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

RoboHelp
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%

Adobe Acrobat
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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 255 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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