The salary statistics of technical writers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare technical writers salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $116,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $71,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid technical writers is $42,590.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of technical writers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of technical writers in 14 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 specialized design services industry with an annual salary $92,480. The lowest paying industry is the engineering services industry (annual salary $66,990). For detailed technical writers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Specialized Design Services|| |
|Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services|| |
|Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities|| |
|Legal Services|| |
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Testing Laboratories|| |
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Engineering Services|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .