Salary for Technical Writers

Also known as:  Assembly Instructions Writer, Documentation Writer, Engineering Writer, Handbook Writer, Medical Writer, Specifications Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer

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The role of technical writers is to create training and operations manuals, appendices, technical reports and other information for technical fields. They organize, edit, clarfiy, and make changes to prepared documents, and create original texts following strict style, terminology, clarity, organization and brevity standards. These professionals may also participate in the selection of illustrations and the layout of manuscripts. Some college training is required for this profession.

A Technical Writer gets a salary of between $45,510 - $119,040 based on education and experience. will normally receive a salary of seventy-eight thousand five hundred and ninety dollars every year.

can expect the most salary in California, where they can earn an average pay rate of about $95,170. People with this job title are paid most highly in Utilities, where they get pay of $103,340.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.06 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Technical Writers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Utilities
$103,340
Information
$82,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,740
Public Administration
$80,700
Wholesale Trade
$80,120
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$79,920

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$67,420
Educational Services
$68,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,840
Retail Trade
$69,760
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$69,960
Transportation and Warehousing
$72,530