Technical writer earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level technical writer earnings begin at:

$60.10 per hour

$125,010 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level technical writer earnings begin at:

$47.52 per hour

$98,840 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level technical writer earnings begin at:

$37.53 per hour

$78,060 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level technical writer earnings begin at:

$29.73 per hour

$61,830 per year

10th percentile

Starting level technical writer earnings begin at:

$23.51 per hour

$48,890 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Technical writer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $98,990
California $95,030
Massachusetts $93,590
New Jersey $82,470
Vermont $82,020
Maryland $81,220
Colorado $80,600
Connecticut $80,600
New York $80,570
Washington $80,150
Rhode Island $79,950
Minnesota $78,600
Virginia $78,160
New Hampshire $77,740
Missouri $77,490
Nevada $77,490
Arizona $77,450
North Carolina $77,450
North Dakota $77,450
Texas $77,100
South Carolina $77,030
Oregon $77,010
Pennsylvania $74,000
Georgia $72,240
Alabama $71,110
Florida $66,490
New Mexico $65,820
Wyoming $65,700
Wisconsin $64,490
Illinois $64,440
Louisiana $64,420
Michigan $64,220
Indiana $63,300
Ohio $63,300
Utah $63,300
Alaska $63,240
Oklahoma $63,020
Iowa $62,990
Kentucky $62,990
Montana $62,080
Kansas $61,890
Tennessee $61,890
Mississippi $61,630
Maine $61,490
Idaho $60,550
West Virginia $53,880
Nebraska $51,660
South Dakota $49,410
Arkansas $40,190
Puerto Rico $38,230
Delaware $102,670
Hawaii $102,610

How do technical writer salaries compare to similar careers?

Technical writers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than distance learning coordinators but more than television writers.

Career Median Salary
Distance learning coordinator salary $91K
Intelligence analyst salary $84K
Bioinformatics scientist salary $83K
Geographer salary $85K
Multimedia animator salary $79K
Technical writer salary $78K
Consultant salary $77K
Writer salary $70K
Copywriter salary $70K
Television writer salary $70K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)