How Much Do Technical Writers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Technical Writers

Technical Writers write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$78590 per year
Hourly wage
$38 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$45,510 to $57,960 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$22 to $28 per hour

Entry-level Technical Writers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $45,510 to $57,960 per year or $22 to $28 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Technical Writers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $57 $119,040
Senior (Top 25%) $46 $95,690
Middle (Mid 50%) $36 $74,650
Junior (Bottom 25%) $28 $57,960
No experience (Bottom 10%) $22 $45,510

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $46 $95,170
MA $45 $93,290
DC $43 $90,230
MD $42 $87,520
VA $42 $87,470
NJ $41 $85,970
NY $40 $84,220
WA $40 $82,940
CT $39 $81,340
NC $39 $81,200

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Technical Writer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Technical Writers are in the states of CA, MA, DC, MD and VA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $102680 $49.37
Utility System Construction $100710 $48.42
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $97790 $47.02
Specialty Hospitals $92960 $44.69
Automotive Repair and Maintenance $92660 $44.55
Federal Executive Branch $92090 $44.27
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance $89170 $42.87
Scientific Research and Development Services $88570 $42.58
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $88570 $42.58
Software Publishers $87720 $42.17
Other Information Services $87160 $41.90
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $85750 $41.23
Rail Transportation $84990 $40.86
Telecommunications $84600 $40.67
Legal Services $84490 $40.62
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $84310 $40.53
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $83590 $40.19
Employment Services $83500 $40.15
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $82970 $39.89
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $82510 $39.67
Waste Treatment and Disposal $82320 $39.58
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $81480 $39.17
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $80610 $38.75
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training $79910 $38.42
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $79810 $38.37
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $79610 $38.27
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $79560 $38.25
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $79420 $38.18
Real Estate $79350 $38.15
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing $79260 $38.10

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