The average salary for a Senior Technical Writer is $82,179.
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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. Knowledge of subject matter is what separates a tec…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Technical Writer
The top respondents for the job title Senior Technical Writer are from the companies Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and General Electric Co (GE). Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $127,286. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc, earning around $122,768 and $120,000, respectively. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. pays the lowest at around $88,367. Intel Corporation and Oracle Corp. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $95,000 and $104,000, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Senior Technical Writer
Skills in Adobe FrameMaker are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Editing, Microsoft Office and Writing Procedures & Documentation.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Technical Writer
An early career Senior Technical Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $68,873 based on 191 salaries. A mid-career Senior Technical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,110 based on 406 salaries. An experienced Senior Technical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,667 based on 768 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,528.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Senior Technical Writer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 40.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Jose, California (34.5% more) and Seattle, Washington (22.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (5.7% less).
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