Salary for Technical Writers

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Also known as:  Assembly Instructions Writer, Documentation Writer, Engineering Writer, Handbook Writer, Medical Writer, Specifications Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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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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.


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

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Transportation and Warehousing