Technical Writer salary in United States

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

Average base salary


Most common benefits

Cash bonus
$2,000per year
Referral Program
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The average salary for a technical writer is $34.13 per hour in the United States and $2,000 cash bonus per year.2.1k salaries reported, updated at January 11, 2022.

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Highest paying cities for Technical Writers in United States

  1. New York, NY
    $45.22 per hour
    39 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $43.40 per hour
    61 salaries reported
  3. Plano, TX
    $42.36 per hour
    13 salaries reported
  1. San Diego, CA
    $42.14 per hour
    44 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $35.45 per hour
    24 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $35.37 per hour
    49 salaries reported
  1. Phoenix, AZ
    $34.74 per hour
    35 salaries reported
  2. Austin, TX
    $33.48 per hour
    43 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $31.18 per hour
    32 salaries reported
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Where can a Technical Writer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Technical Writers

Most recommended skill

Journalism Degreeearn +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 $34.13 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%
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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
161 jobs232
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Most common benefits for Technical Writers

  • Referral program
  • AD&D insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Commuter assistance
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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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