Technical writers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, technical writers rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 20% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy technical writers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Drafter
2.9
$48k
Operations research analyst
2.9
$85k
Technical writer
2.8
$65k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are technical writers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do technical writers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as technical writers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are technical writer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are technical writers making the best use of their abilities?

Are technical writers happy with their salary?