Average Technical Writer Salary

$58,884
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,524
Bonus
$1,500
Commission
$2,419
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Technical Writer is $58,884.
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MEDIAN $58,884
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United States (change)
Salary
$40k - $86k
Bonus
$517 - $8k
Profit Sharing
$495 - $10k
Commission
$0 - $2k
Total Pay
$38k - $89k

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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.
The top respondents for the job title Technical Writer are from the companies Amazon.com Inc, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at Microsoft Corp where the average pay is $98,477. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Amazon.com Inc and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., earning around $85,000 and $84,750, respectively. National Instruments Corporation pays the lowest at around $49,361. Schneider Electric Ltd and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $56,506 and $56,890, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Technical Writer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Technical Writer
Senior Technical Writer
Proposal Writer
Documentation Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Technical Writer

Skills in Writing Procedures & Documentation and Adobe Acrobat 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 $45,721 based on 368 salaries. An early career Technical Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,673 based on 2,548 salaries. A mid-career Technical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,788 based on 1,230 salaries. An experienced Technical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,151 based on 1,111 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $74,104.
Employees with Technical Writer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 25.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (14.4% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (10.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (0.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,925 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.2%
Early Career
43.0%
Mid Career
20.8%
Experienced
18.8%
Late Career
11.3%