Technical Writers Salary in Sector of Information

The salary statistics of technical writers in the industry sector of information are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare technical writers salaries in different industries within the information 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 information. 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 $117,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid technical writers is $42,210.

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 information from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
3.17% 2.15%
-1.96% -
2.74% -
-1.79% -
-0.10% -
- -

Compare Technical Writers Salary in Different Industries within the Information Sector

The average salaries of technical writers in 16 industries in the information 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 cable and other subscription programming industry with an annual salary $85,350. The lowest paying industry is the newspaper publishers industry (annual salary $54,270). For detailed technical writers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Cable and Other Subscription Programming
Software Publishers
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
Publishing Industries (except Internet)
Broadcasting (except Internet)
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
Other Information Services
Other Information Services
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
Other Telecommunications
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Motion Picture and Video Industries
Newspaper Publishers

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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