Average Early-Career Technical Writer Salary

$54,182
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,056
Bonus
$1,500
Commission
$1,963
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The average salary for an Early-Career Technical Writer is $54,182.
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$40k
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$54k
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$77k
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$40k - $77k
Bonus
$533 - $7k
Profit Sharing
$403 - $8k
Commission
$0 - $2k
Total Pay
$36k - $76k
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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.
The top respondents for the job title Technical Writer are from the companies Medtronic, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co and CSRA Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton where the average pay is $80,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Medtronic, Inc. and CACI International Inc, earning around $62,762 and $57,950, respectively. Southwest Airlines Co pays the lowest at around $44,996. First American Corporation and CSRA Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $47,681 and $56,125, 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. 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. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $73,802.
Employees with Technical Writer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 41.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (29.8% more) and San Diego, California (12.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,116 survey responses.
Entry Level
11.0%
Mid Career
37.7%
Experienced
31.3%
Late Career
20.0%