Senior Technical Writer Salary

Senior Technical Writers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — around three in four have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $59K to $123K per year, median earnings come to $81K annually. In the world of Senior Technical Writers, total cash compensation can vary between $59K and $123K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $9K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Most Senior Technical Writers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,748 - $115,100
$60K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,174
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90%

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$24.91 - $72.32
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$72
MEDIAN: $40.55
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$0$120K
Salary $59,748 - $115,100
Bonus $1,100 - $13,646
Profit Sharing $974 - $8,909
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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$59,163 - $120,990
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 716
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $24.91 - $72.32
Overtime $25.34 - $81.22
Annual Data $0$120K
Bonus $1,100 - $13,646
Profit Sharing $974 - $8,909
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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$59,163 - $120,990
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 136

Job Description for Senior Technical Writer

Senior technical writers create detailed articles for magazines or online journals and publications in specialized fields, and may also write and edit technical operators' manuals and even certification tests. The senior-level designation normally implies that they handle the most important technical writing within a company, and they may also assign and edit the work of junior-level technical writers and review their submissions for accuracy.

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Senior Technical Writer Tasks

  • Organize, review, and write materials for clarity and message.
  • Standardize documentation for layout, style, and language, and create templates and scripts to automate as possible.
  • Work with project teams to create documentation for diverse groups.
  • Track revisions and edits, and maintain files.
  • Review and improve formatting and visual components, and select drawings and specifications.

Common Career Paths for Senior Technical Writer


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Senior Technical Writers who go on to become Technical Publications Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Technical Publications Manager, an upper-level role, pays $77K. Many Senior Technical Writers choose to become Documentation Managers and Technical Editors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $11K less and $28K less, respectively.

Senior Technical Writer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Technical Writer


Senior Technical Writers fill the offices of leading firms Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Salesforce.com, Inc., and CA Technologies. Senior Technical Writers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Salesforce.com, Inc., where the average salary comes to $137K.

Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer


Senior Technical Writers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in XML, HTML, Adobe FrameMaker, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Editing, and Microsoft Word. Employees educated in Editing are typically practiced in Writing Procedures & Documentation, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Technical Writer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Technical Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Technical Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 98 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Technical Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 226 salaries. An experienced Senior Technical Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 429 salaries. A Senior Technical Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 309 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,776

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Technical Writers, 49 percent higher than the national average. Senior Technical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+45 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dayton Senior Technical Writers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin and Houston (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Technical Writer

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
36%

Experience Affects Senior Technical Writer Salaries

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$83,000

▼9%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Senior Technical Writer Salaries

XML
▲6%

▲4%



Microsoft Visio
▼0%

National Average
$83,000

▼1%



▼3%



▼3%


▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 13%