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
$42,220
25th Percentile Wage
$53,850
50th Percentile Wage
$68,900
75th Percentile Wage
$87,340
90th Percentile Wage
$105,420

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 $105,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,900. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid technical writers is $42,220.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of technical writers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,9001.10%6.87%
201568,1400.06%-
201468,1002.57%-
201366,3503.29%-
201264,170--

Compare Technical Writers Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of technical writers in 32 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 agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing industry (annual salary $55,420). 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
$84,490
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$80,840
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$75,310
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$75,110
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$74,730
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$74,110
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$72,490
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$72,480
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$71,040
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$70,700
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$69,330
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$69,330
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$68,570
Chemical Manufacturing
$67,850
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$67,420
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$65,960
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$64,140
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$63,980
Ship and Boat Building
$63,900
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$63,820
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$61,460
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$61,240
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$60,920
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$59,860
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$59,710
Machinery Manufacturing
$58,950
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$58,900
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$58,830
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$57,570
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$56,110
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$55,900
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$55,420

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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