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 usually gets an average compensation that can range from 48000 - 72000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Technical Writers get salaries of Sixty Six Thousand Four Hundred dollars per year.

Technical Writers are compensated the highest in Massachusetts, where they can receive salary pay of near $79900. People with this job title have the best average compensation in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they get normal pay levels of $79570.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.07 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Technical Writers tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $79,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $75,470
Information $70,470
Public Administration $69,300
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $68,500
Wholesale Trade $67,740
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Transportation and Warehousing $56,270
Educational Services $58,080
Construction $59,490
Other Services (except Public Administration) $59,740
Health Care and Social Assistance $60,440
Retail Trade $60,520
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