Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary

An Entry-Level Technical Writer earns an average salary of $48,142 per year. A skill in XML is associated with high pay for this job.

$34,861 - $67,138

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$13.46 - $30.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,861 - $67,138  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,927  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $6,334  
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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$32,357 - $67,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,868
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $30.75  
   
Overtime
$18.36 - $40.80  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $6,334  
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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$32,357 - $67,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 731
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Technical Writer Advice

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

Technical Writer in Dayton:
Keep your experience broad. If you're too specialized, then lose your job, it will be hard to move on to another TW job.

Technical Writer in Austin:
"Tech writing for a massive company isn't fulfilling."
Find a workplace with people you want to spend time with and have things in common with, people who are fun. Otherwise you'll get super bored.

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!

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 14%

FrameMaker
up arrow 7%

Technical Writing
up arrow 5%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$47,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
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 409 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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