Technical Writers Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of technical writers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare technical writers salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Technical Writers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for technical writers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) technical writers is $116,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid technical writers is $43,470.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of technical writers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
4.48% 11.04%
1.10% -
0.06% -
2.57% -
3.29% -
- -

Compare Technical Writers Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of technical writers in 53 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for technical writers occupations is the computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $84,490. The lowest paying industry is the soap, cleaning compound, and toilet preparation manufacturing industry (annual salary $40,860). For detailed technical writers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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