Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary

An Entry-Level Technical Writer earns an average salary of $49,113 per year. A skill in XML is associated with high pay for this job.

$35,477 - $68,922
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,112
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$13.58 - $31.87
(Median)
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,477 - $68,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $6,478  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$33,038 - $69,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,937
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.58 - $31.87  
   
Overtime
$18.76 - $40.69  
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 - $4,996  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $6,478  
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).
)
$33,038 - $69,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 751
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,015

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Technical Writer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

XML
up arrow 11%

FrameMaker
up arrow 7%

RoboHelp
up arrow 2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$48,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 355 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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