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Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Entry-Level Technical Writer is $46,680 per year.
Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (?
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$33,932 - $65,109
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MEDIAN: $46,680
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Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (?
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$12.58 - $30.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,932 - $65,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,915  
Profit Sharing
$676 - $6,456  
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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$31,415 - $66,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,860
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $30.80  
   
Overtime
$17.49 - $41.04  
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 - $4,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$676 - $6,456  
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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$31,415 - $66,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 696
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Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Technical Writer Advice

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

FrameMaker
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Editing
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RoboHelp
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Adobe Illustrator
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HTML
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$46,000
Adobe Acrobat
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Technical Writing
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Excel
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Adobe InDesign
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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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Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%