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Technical Writers Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of technical writers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare technical writers salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Technical Writers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,690
25th Percentile Wage
$55,500
50th Percentile Wage
$71,570
75th Percentile Wage
$89,110
90th Percentile Wage
$101,700

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for technical writers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $101,700. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $71,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid technical writers is $43,690.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201671,5701.83%3.77%
201570,2601.14%-
201469,460-1.90%-
201370,7802.70%-
201268,870--

Compare Technical Writers Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of technical writers in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal government, including usps industry with an annual salary $81,890. The lowest paying industry is the state government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $50,480). For detailed technical writers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal government, including USPS
$81,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$81,880
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$71,570
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$66,790
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$57,600
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$56,680
State government, including schools and hospitals
$55,200
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$50,480

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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