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Technical writer salary in United States

How much does a Technical Writer make in the United States?

Average base salary

Cash bonus
$1,800per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a technical writer is $34.10 per hour in the United States and $1,800 cash bonus per year.2.2k salaries reported, updated at September 13, 2022

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Top companies for Technical Writers in United States

  1. SM&A
    22 reviews5 salaries reported
    $76.30per hour
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Highest paying cities for Technical Writers near United States

  1. San Jose, CA
    $39.73 per hour
    20 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $39.50 per hour
    85 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $37.46 per hour
    8 salaries reported
  1. San Diego, CA
    $36.63 per hour
    55 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $35.89 per hour
    54 salaries reported
  3. Dallas, TX
    $35.60 per hour
    22 salaries reported
  1. Austin, TX
    $35.41 per hour
    69 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $34.89 per hour
    66 salaries reported
  3. Plano, TX
    $34.72 per hour
    21 salaries reported
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Where can a Technical Writer earn more?

Compare salaries for Technical Writers in different locations
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Technical Writers

Most recommended skill

Journalism Degree(earn +35.19% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 20.42% since 2018. Technical Writers with this skill earn +35.19% more than the average base salary, which is $34.10 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20121750increase by 1750
20134161increase by 137.77%
20145091increase by 22.35%
20152511decrease by 50.68%
20162840increase by 13.10%
20171913decrease by 32.64%
20181538decrease by 19.60%
20191224decrease by 20.42%

Top companies hiring Technical Writers with the recommended skill

MATC Group Inc.
ManTech International Corporation
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Top fields of study
Journalism Degree

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top Fields of studySalaryJob openingsCompanies
106 jobs131
23 jobs29
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Most common benefits for Technical Writers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 258 ratings

66% of Technical Writers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


13,765 job openings

Average $25.21 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Technical Writer

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