Average Technical Writer Salary

$59,273
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,511
Bonus
$1,500
Commission
$2,002
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The average salary for a Technical Writer is $59,273.
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$41k
MEDIAN
$59k
90%
$86k
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Salary
$41k - $86k
Bonus
$584 - $9k
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10k
Commission
$0 - $2k
Total Pay
$39k - $90k

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Job Description for Technical Writer

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

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The top respondents for the job title Technical Writer are from the companies International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Microsoft Corp and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, 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 $84,750 and $82,723, respectively. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc pays the lowest at around $56,890. Schneider Electric Ltd and CSRA Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $57,479 and $62,194, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Technical Writer

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Writer

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 $47,483 based on 350 salaries. An early career Technical Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,062 based on 2,467 salaries. A mid-career Technical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,976 based on 1,207 salaries. An experienced Technical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,697 based on 1,030 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $73,469.
Employees with Technical Writer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 26.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (20.3% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (12.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (1.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,701 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.1%
Early Career
43.3%
Mid Career
21.2%
Experienced
18.1%
Late Career
11.3%