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Technical Writers Pay Salary

The median annual wage of technical writers was $63,280 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,160, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $100,910.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of technical writers in May 2010 were:

Software publishers$76,410
Computer systems design and related services66,860
Scientific research and development services64,890
Architectural, engineering, and related services62,350
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services62,290

Technical writers may be expected to work evenings and weekends to coordinate with those in other time zones or to meet deadlines. Most work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition