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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Technical Writers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,410
25th Percentile Wage
$54,780
50th Percentile Wage
$70,930
75th Percentile Wage
$91,050
90th Percentile Wage
$113,810

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 $113,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,410. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 168% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$70,930
1.52% 7.66%
2016
$69,850
-0.56% -
2015
$70,240
1.72% -
2014
$69,030
1.64% -
2013
$67,900
3.53% -
2012
$65,500
- -

Table 2. Technical Writers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of technical writers in 18 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 $92,480. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $47,600).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$92,480
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$75,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$74,140
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,150
Manufacturing
$72,130
Information
$72,010
Wholesale Trade
$71,740
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,290
Mining
$69,930
Construction
$69,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,500
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$67,240
Finance and Insurance
$66,850
Transportation and Warehousing
$66,630
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$65,900
Educational Services
$62,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,250
Retail Trade
$47,600

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 $37,670 to $86,470. The highest paying state for technical writers is California with a median annual salary of $86,470. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $37,670. For more salary information of technical writers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$86,470
District of Columbia
$85,040
Massachusetts
$84,060
New Jersey
$80,170
Washington
$79,180
Oregon
$78,690
Maryland
$77,290
Virginia
$75,940
Connecticut
$75,730
Delaware
$74,660
Colorado
$74,340
New York
$73,000
Georgia
$72,920
Alaska
$72,430
North Carolina
$72,390
New Mexico
$70,550
Louisiana
$70,440
Rhode Island
$70,170
Texas
$69,930
Maine
$67,600
Illinois
$67,130
New Hampshire
$67,100
Pennsylvania
$66,780
Arizona
$66,490
Alabama
$65,230
Nevada
$64,750
Idaho
$64,230
Michigan
$64,210
Minnesota
$64,210
South Carolina
$63,420
Vermont
$63,160
Florida
$63,030
Utah
$62,430
Ohio
$61,420
Tennessee
$60,030
Wisconsin
$58,860
Kansas
$58,860
Indiana
$58,410
Kentucky
$58,090
Mississippi
$58,060
Missouri
$57,780
Nebraska
$56,980
Oklahoma
$54,790
Wyoming
$54,510
Iowa
$53,190
North Dakota
$50,390
Arkansas
$48,910
Montana
$48,090
South Dakota
$47,990
Hawaii
$45,680
West Virginia
$43,850
Puerto Rico
$37,670



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