Entry-Level Technical Writer Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Technical Writer earns an average salary of $46,485 per year. A skill in Writing Procedures & Documentation is associated with high pay for this job.
Entry-Level Technical Writer Total Pay (?
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$33,214 - $64,423
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MEDIAN: $46,484
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Entry-Level Technical Writer Total Pay (?
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$12.41 - $30.57
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,214 - $64,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,976  
Profit Sharing
$497.02 - $6,397  
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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$30,968 - $65,452  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,788
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $30.57  
   
Overtime
$17.20 - $39.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$497.02 - $6,397  
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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$30,968 - $65,452  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,788
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Seattle
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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Technical Writer Advice

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

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Technical Writer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
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FrameMaker
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HTML
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RoboHelp
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
0%
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$46,000
Microsoft Excel
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Adobe Acrobat
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Technical Writing
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%
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