Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Entry-Level Technical Writer is $46,524 per year.
Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (?
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$33,476 - $64,771
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MEDIAN: $46,524
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Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (?
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$12.45 - $30.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,476 - $64,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$497.07 - $6,082  
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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$31,045 - $65,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,902
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $30.48  
   
Overtime
$17.24 - $40.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$497.07 - $6,082  
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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$31,045 - $65,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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Technical Writer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Technical Writer in Boston:
"Take More Technical Courses, Such As Computer Science."
To get a job as a technical writer, you need a college degree, preferably in English, Technical Writing, or Communications. Your minor should be in a technical field, such as computer science (for software/hardware companies), engineering (for mechanical companies), or biology (for science or medical fields). While your writing skills are important, your ability to learn about the product the company makes is also important. If you already understand the field and basic terminology, you'll get along well with co-workers and be able to contribute more to the company and at meetings. Also learn as many tools as possible. Microsoft Word is not enough. Look at job listings to see what tools they want you to know and sign up for seminars (online or at the local junior college) that show you how to use those tools.
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

FrameMaker
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Editing
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Adobe InDesign
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Excel
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Adobe Acrobat
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%