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Technical Writers Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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.

Average Annual Salary of Technical Writers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,080
25th Percentile Wage
$55,840
50th Percentile Wage
$72,150
75th Percentile Wage
$94,250
90th Percentile Wage
$118,540

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 $118,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid technical writers is $43,080.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$72,150
0.33% 7.91%
2016
$71,910
-1.31% -
2015
$72,850
2.48% -
2014
$71,040
2.72% -
2013
$69,110
3.86% -
2012
$66,440
- -

Compare Technical Writers Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

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 advertising, public relations, and related services industry with an annual salary $83,240. The lowest paying industry is the specialized design services industry (annual salary $43,630). For detailed technical writers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$83,240
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$77,810
Legal Services
$76,200
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$75,300
Scientific Research and Development Services
$75,060
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$72,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,150
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$71,790
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$69,320
Engineering Services
$68,790
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$67,970
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,450
Testing Laboratories
$60,570
Specialized Design Services
$43,630

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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