According to the results of a new salary survey released by WritersUA, technical writers in the United States made an average of $79,515 in 2009. That number, which increased 4% over the previous year, mostly represents those technical writers who specialize in “user assistance documentation,” a.k.a. “help files.”
Important point — that number represents salary only and does not include many benefits that salaried technical writers enjoy like health insurance, life insurance, paid holidays, 401(k) plans, etc.
That’s not bad for one of the worst years on record as far as rest of the economy is concerned. In the same survey some technical writers reported making as low as $14,000 and as much as $190,000.
690 technical authors who responded to the UA survey made a total of $48 million.
Women make up 67% of the respondents; a slightly higher percentage than last year. Men earned, on average, $78,497 compared to $79,263 for women.