Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary

An Entry-Level Technical Writer earns an average salary of $47,405 per year. A skill in XML is associated with high pay for this job.

$34,279 - $66,409
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,404
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90%

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$13.14 - $30.66
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,279 - $66,409  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,961  
Profit Sharing
$520 - $6,267  
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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$31,976 - $67,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,824
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $30.66  
   
Overtime
$18.07 - $41.25  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,961  
   
Profit Sharing
$520 - $6,267  
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).
)
$31,976 - $67,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 712

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Technical Writer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Technical Writer in Beavercreek:
"Communication degrees do NOT stand alone."
Communication degrees only train you to communicate, they do NOT train you for the field into which you will enter, be it translation, journalism, curriculum writing..etc. You must obtain technical certification or expertise if you want to be a writer that makes good money. Furthermore, technical writing can be a very broad field and you can end up doing things you didn't expect, such as business development or creating training. Some technical writers get very boxed in, but they don't have to be. Keep an open mind once you're in your field and always look for new opportunities.

Technical Writer in Milwaukee:
"Technology and Technical Writing."
Learn as much as possible about your company's products. Get a detailed understanding about how they work, what value they bring the customer and what the future developments might be. Never stop asking questions and always remember that as a technical writer, it's your responsibility to make technical information easy for customers to understand and appreciate.

Technical Writer in Kent:
"Learn Software And Be Prepared For Change."
This job requires a high tolerance to stress and the ability to adapt to fast pace changes. Being proficient in multiple publishing software applications is a must!

Technical Writer in Orlando:
"Go Software."
Follow the jobs and the money. For every programming language you can comprehend, add $10k to annual salary, as a tech writer. These really brilliant software engineers are creating these amazing pieces of software and churn out machine-generated documentation to accompany it. There are many other markets where a technical writer can be successful but you will continually find work if you specialize with software.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 15%

FrameMaker
up arrow 5%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 482 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%