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Technical Writers Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for technical writers in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of technical writers among Washington areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Technical Writers in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,190
25th Percentile Wage
$63,410
50th Percentile Wage
$79,180
75th Percentile Wage
$99,340
90th Percentile Wage
$121,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for technical writers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $121,500. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $79,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,190.

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
$79,180
1.84% -6.47%
2016
$77,720
0.71% -
2015
$77,170
-4.74% -
2014
$80,830
7.97% -
2013
$74,390
-13.32% -
2012
$84,300
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Technical Writers in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of technical writers in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of technical writers in state of Washington ranges from $48,510 to $84,180. The highest paying area for technical writers in Washington is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $84,180. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Bremerton-Silverdale (mean annual salary $82,740). The lowest paying area is Spokane with a median annual salary of $48,510.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$84,180
Bremerton-Silverdale
$82,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$81,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$81,020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$80,080
Bellingham
$68,380
Tacoma
$56,880
Spokane
$48,510




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