Technical Writer Salary

A Technical Writer earns an average salary of $57,549 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Adobe FrameMaker is associated with high pay for this job.

$39,950 - $86,702
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$59K
$87K
MEDIAN: $58,885
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$15.29 - $45.24
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MEDIAN: $24.88
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$0$89K
Salary $39,950 - $86,702
Bonus $517 - $9,054
Profit Sharing $499.58 - $10,665
Total Pay (?
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$37,551 - $89,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,241
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $15.29 - $45.24
Overtime $22.45 - $50.05
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $517 - $9,054
Profit Sharing $499.58 - $10,665
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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$37,551 - $89,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 952

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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.

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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: $58,125

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

Technical Writer Reviews

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

Technical Writer in San Francisco:
"Junior technical writer consultant Payscale."
Pros: The ability to apply my understanding of the software and writing a manual.
Cons: Time pressure.

Technical Writer in Torrance:
"Office job."
Pros: Regular hours, decent salary, overview of what the company is doing.
Cons: Reviewing.

Technical Writer in Houston:
"Used to be the Perfect Job but Corporate Politics Ruined It."
Pros: Under the original owner, I was given a mandate to create the best knowledge base in the industry, with freedom to initiate the programs as I saw fit. I reported directly to the CEO, and worked with management and employees across departments throughout the company. I was able to use my creativity and hard work to significantly improve the knowledge base and keep it up to date. I loved the job; department heads, supervisors and employees loved what I did; and people were impressed with what I could accomplish.
Cons: When the company was purchased, middle management started getting nervous, and consolidated power and removed potential rivals to protect themselves. Upper management from the new parent company seemed to like my ideas and respond to my initiatives well. Considering I had only been with the company a few years, middle management did not like that, especially since many had been their from the founding of the company. Suddenly I found myself under a new middle management supervisor who set me up to fail (like telling me not to work on something, then writing me up for not working on it, and having someone with admin access alter chat logs so it said things I never said, etc.). Within 3 weeks I was fired and my new manager replaced with me with her best friend, took credit for my work, and got the promotion I was in line to get.

Technical Writer in Westborough:
"Always Something New."
Pros: I work in a fast-paced, evolving environment. Every week I'm working on something new. There's always a little bit of pressure to publish on the deadline, which is perfect for my work style. Our company is expanding and moving into new markets, which means that I am constantly learning about new areas of healthcare. I work with an amazing team, where my contributions are valued and my opinions always considered and respected.
Cons: There's not a lot of room for growth in my company, and there's no help for expanding your knowledge. If you want to learn or take a class or get a certificate, it all has to be on your own. There's zero support for professional growth.

Technical Writer in Portsmouth:
"Tech Writer."
Pros: Able to go to all departments within the company and observe to get an understanding what they do. Updating the 50 plus manuals we have. Identifying changes in processes and how they impact the manuals and forms.
Cons: Miscommunication between departments.

Technical Writer in San Antonio:
"Technical writing."
Pros: - learning new things every day. - can work from anywhere. - interact with many people. - help others understand how to use a product. -
Cons: - sometimes it is difficult to comprehend and convey how new technology works.

Technical Writer in Columbus:
"Instructional Design."
Pros: I enjoy documenting processes and incorporating pleasing design aspects to make my work communicate efficiently and easily to the reader.
Cons: The attitudes of those I work with. I have no issues with the work.

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Key Stats for Technical Writer

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 425 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries

▲36%

▲20%

▲8%

National Average
$58,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries


▲5%

▲5%

XML
▲5%



National Average
$58,000


▼1%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼2%


▼6%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 425 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 20%
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