Average Technical Writer Salary

$59,833
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,488
Bonus
$1,500
Commission
$1,989
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The average salary for a Technical Writer is $59,833.
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$41k
MEDIAN
$60k
90%
$87k
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$41k - $87k
Bonus
$594 - $8k
Profit Sharing
$502 - $10k
Commission
$0 - $2k
Total Pay
$39k - $90k
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What Do Technical Writers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Technical Writer

3.9 out of 5
(877)
Highly Satisfied
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The top respondents for the job title Technical Writer are from the companies International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., CSRA Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $98,477. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Amazon.com Inc, earning around $85,471 and $85,087, respectively. Schneider Electric Ltd pays the lowest at around $57,479. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc and CSRA Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $57,699 and $62,194, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Technical Writers?

Skills in Writing Procedures & Documentation and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office and Editing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Technical Writers?

An entry-level Technical Writer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,367 based on 343 salaries. An early career Technical Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,182 based on 2,345 salaries. A mid-career Technical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,337 based on 1,181 salaries. An experienced Technical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,222 based on 973 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $74,413.
Employees with Technical Writer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 25.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (15.3% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (10.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (1.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,471 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.3%
Early Career
42.9%
Mid Career
21.6%
Experienced
17.8%
Late Career
11.5%