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 $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

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
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing

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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