$58,624
Avg. Salary
$24.93
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,443

Bonus

$2,500

Profit Sharing

$1,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Technical Writer is $24.93 per hour.

The average pay for a Technical Writer is $58,624 per year.

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$15.56
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$44.86
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$40k
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$86k
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MEDIAN $58,624
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$0$89K
Salary $40,287 - $86,216
Bonus $518 - $8,143
Profit Sharing $498 - $10,850
Commission $1,500
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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$38,269 - $89,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,255
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $15.56 - $44.86
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $22.51 - $52.34
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $518 - $8,143
Commission $1,500
Profit Sharing $498 - $10,850
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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$38,269 - $89,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,775

Job Description for Technical Writer

Most of the time, technical writers work in offices full-time as salaried employees. They usually write instruction manuals and other documents in a way that will communicate complex, technical information in nontechnical language. They also develop, gather, and communicate technical information among customers, designers, production workers, and manufacturers.

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Technical Writer Tasks
  • Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.
  • Assist in layout work.
  • Gather and research information for use in technical documentation.

Technical Writer Pay By Employer

$0$129K

$83,868

Amazon.com Inc
18 profiles
$87,077

CSRA Inc.
15 profiles
$50,731

$49,079

$55,232

$68,337

Microsoft Corp
11 profiles
$84,556

$51,038

$62,400

$60,000

Common Career Paths for Technical Writer


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Technical Writer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Technical Writer

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Writer

Pay by Experience for a Technical Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 1,749 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $63,000 based on 806 salaries. An experienced Technical Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 774 salaries. A 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 $79,000 based on 362 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,823

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

Technical Writer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Writer?

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 Detroit:
"Diversify."
Learn as much as you can about everything. Different software programs that are used as tools for this type of job, Framemaker, XML, Robohelp, Excel, Microsoft Word, etc...never stop learning. You gotta love researching information and dealing with the subject matter experts. Ask questions, don't assume. Be detail oriented and meticulous. Learn as much about you subject matter as you can on your own. Obviously, if you already have a technical background in your subject matter you're ahead of the game. You have to enjoy writing, editing and taking criticism constructively. At some point you will become burnt out with a subject and may pursue other areas.

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 Alpharetta:
Find a company that prizes good and above average writing and speaking skills.

Technical Writer in Burlington:
Pros: I love editing documents and creating a quality end product that satisfies customer needs.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Technical Writer

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 957 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries

▲37%

▲21%

▲9%

National Average
$58,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries


▲6%

▲6%

XML
▲6%



▼0%

National Average
$58,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼1%



▼5%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 957 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 19%