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
$43,470
25th Percentile Wage
$55,700
50th Percentile Wage
$72,130
75th Percentile Wage
$92,230
90th Percentile Wage
$116,320

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
2017
$72,130
4.48% 11.04%
2016
$68,900
1.10% -
2015
$68,140
0.06% -
2014
$68,100
2.57% -
2013
$66,350
3.29% -
2012
$64,170
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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
$84,490
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$79,870
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$76,440
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$75,320
Chemical Manufacturing
$75,090
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$74,380
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$74,040
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$73,230
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$72,990
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$72,600
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$72,220
Chemical Manufacturing
$72,100
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$72,010
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$71,970
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$69,920
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$69,350
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$69,330
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$69,330
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$68,350
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$65,960
Ship and Boat Building
$65,950
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$65,040
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$64,000
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$63,870
Food Manufacturing
$63,600
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$62,770
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$62,490
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$62,150
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$60,740
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$60,700
Machinery Manufacturing
$60,410
Machinery Manufacturing
$60,000
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$59,900
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$59,860
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$59,350
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$59,300
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$58,860
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$58,830
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$58,550
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$58,470
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$58,160
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$58,080
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$57,960
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$57,720
Wood Product Manufacturing
$57,220
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$57,220
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$56,110
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$55,420
Chemical Manufacturing
$54,830
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$53,920
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$53,540
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$49,340
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$40,860

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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