Mid-Career Technical Writer Salary

Mid-Career Technical Writers can expect wages of $58K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Mid-Career Technical Writers can bottom out near $41K or peak near $84K depending on individual performance. Most Mid-Career Technical Writers report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$41,360 - $80,057

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$17.89 - $47.75

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,360 - $80,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,965  
Profit Sharing
$682 - $10,137  
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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$40,726 - $84,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,011
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.89 - $47.75  
   
Overtime
$23.74 - $52.86  
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 - $5,965  
   
Profit Sharing
$682 - $10,137  
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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$40,726 - $84,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
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Pay Difference by Location


For Mid-Career Technical Writers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Mid-Career Technical Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Mid-Career Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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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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RoboHelp
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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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 247 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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