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 .
|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. 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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |