Technical Writers Salary Information

The salary statistics of technical writers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of technical writers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The technical writers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Technical Writers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,700
25th Percentile Wage
$53,990
50th Percentile Wage
$69,850
75th Percentile Wage
$89,730
90th Percentile Wage
$111,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for technical writers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) technical writers is $111,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,700. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 166% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201669,850-0.56%6.23%
201570,2401.72%-
201469,0301.64%-
201367,9003.53%-
201265,500--

Table 2. Technical Writers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of technical writers in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for technical writers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $93,320. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $52,550).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$93,320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$75,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$71,910
Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,570
Wholesale Trade
$71,090
Construction
$69,960
Information
$69,730
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,600
Manufacturing
$68,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,840
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,500
Transportation and Warehousing
$66,000
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$64,790
Finance and Insurance
$64,360
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,190
Educational Services
$62,010
Retail Trade
$52,550

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Technical Writers by States

From the above tables we note that not only technical writers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of technical writers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,130 to $83,890. The highest paying state for technical writers is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $83,890. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $35,130. For more salary information of technical writers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$83,890
California
$83,400
District of Columbia
$83,200
Connecticut
$81,720
Maryland
$77,770
Washington
$77,720
New Jersey
$75,870
Rhode Island
$74,820
Virginia
$74,600
North Carolina
$74,350
Oregon
$73,100
Georgia
$72,860
New York
$72,200
Colorado
$72,020
New Mexico
$71,350
New Hampshire
$70,280
Delaware
$69,500
Texas
$68,460
Michigan
$66,680
Illinois
$66,560
Pennsylvania
$66,520
Alaska
$65,710
Minnesota
$64,700
South Carolina
$64,450
Nevada
$64,430
Arizona
$64,350
Utah
$63,620
Alabama
$62,340
Florida
$61,540
Missouri
$61,080
Ohio
$60,800
Louisiana
$60,520
Kentucky
$60,260
Kansas
$58,370
Indiana
$57,120
Mississippi
$57,120
Wisconsin
$56,790
Nebraska
$56,070
Vermont
$55,470
Idaho
$54,970
Tennessee
$54,700
Maine
$53,250
West Virginia
$51,660
North Dakota
$51,500
Oklahoma
$51,470
Iowa
$51,160
Montana
$49,510
Arkansas
$48,140
South Dakota
$46,120
Hawaii
$45,620
Puerto Rico
$35,130


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