Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Pay for Mid-Career Technical Writers sits in the ballpark of $59K per year. In the world of Mid-Career Technical Writers, total cash compensation can vary between $42K and $86K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $10K, respectively. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Mid-Career Technical Writers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,263 - $81,306
(Median)
$43K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,481
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50%
90%

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$18.80 - $49.15
(Median)
$19
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,263 - $81,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,398  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $10,304  
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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$41,839 - $86,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,043
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.80 - $49.15  
   
Overtime
$25.39 - $54.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,398  
   
Profit Sharing
$679 - $10,304  
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).
)
$41,839 - $86,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,325

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Mid-Career Technical Writers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Mid-Career Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+36 percent), San Jose (+25 percent), Washington (+23 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis.

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Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 6%

XML
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

RoboHelp
0%

National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

FrameMaker
up arrow 6%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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