The average pay for an Entry-Level Technical Writer is $50,410 per year.

$36,633 - $71,233
$37K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,410
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$13.99 - $31.56
$14
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$32
MEDIAN: $20.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,633 - $71,233  
   
Bonus
$482.04 - $6,896  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $6,285  
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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$33,614 - $71,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $31.56  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $41.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$482.04 - $6,896  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $6,285  
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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$33,614 - $71,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 570

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National Average: $49,070

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Technical Writer Advice

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

Technical Writer in Sierra Vista:
"How much a Writer should get paid?"
Make sure before signing a contract that you are being paid within the pay band for your job field.

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!

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.

Key Stats for Technical Writer

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 votes.
075
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

Microsoft Visio
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 6%

XML
up arrow 5%

FrameMaker
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

HTML
0%

RoboHelp
0%

National Average
$49,000


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Project Management
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Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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