Pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers sits in the ballpark of $62K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Mid-Career Technical Writers can bottom out near $46K or peak near $91K depending on individual performance. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mid-Career Technical Writers. More than half of Mid-Career Technical Writers (63 percent) survey participants are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,113 - $84,762
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $62,066
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$19.81 - $48.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,113 - $84,762  
   
Bonus
$978 - $9,961  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $24,658  
Total Pay (?
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$45,654 - $91,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 627
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.81 - $48.84  
   
Overtime
$26.80 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$978 - $9,961  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $24,658  
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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$45,654 - $91,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 233

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,466

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Home to some of the best pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 60 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+41 percent), Washington (+20 percent), New York (+7 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). Mid-Career Technical Writers in Cleveland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Cincinnati and Huntsville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 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 84 votes.
5-9 years
74%
10-19 years
26%
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Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

HTML
up arrow 7%

XML
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 1%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$62,000

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Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 3%

RoboHelp
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

FrameMaker
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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