Average Late-Career Technical Writer Salary

$73,802
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$3,000
Bonus
$1,474
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The average salary for a Late-Career Technical Writer is $73,802.
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$52k
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$74k
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$108k
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$52k - $108k
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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Writer

The top respondents for the job title Technical Writer are from the companies Scientific Drilling International, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Microsoft Corp. Reported salaries are highest at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where the average pay is $102,000. Scientific Drilling International pays the lowest at around $79,344.

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What Are Popular Skills for Technical Writers?

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

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 2,336 salaries. A mid-career Technical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,337 based on 1,175 salaries. An experienced Technical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,115 based on 975 salaries.
Employees with Technical Writer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 33.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (28.7% more) and New York, New York (25.6% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,829 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.1%
Early Career
48.4%
Mid Career
24.3%
Experienced
20.2%