FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Technical Writer

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Technical Writer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Writer Do

Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels.

Duties

Technical writers typically do the following:

  • Determine the needs of users of technical documentation
  • Study product samples and talk with product designers and developers
  • Work with technical staff to make products easier to use and thus require fewer instructions
  • Organize and write supporting content for products
  • Use photographs, drawings, diagrams, animation, and charts that increase users’ understanding
  • Select appropriate medium for message or audience, such as manuals or online videos
  • Standardize content across platforms and media
  • Gather user feedback to update and improve content
  • Revise content as new issues arise

Technical writers create paper-based and digital operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions, and “frequently asked questions” pages to help technical support staff, consumers, and other users within a company or an industry. After a product is released, technical writers also may work with product liability specialists and customer-service managers to improve the end-user experience through product design changes.

Technical writers often work with computer hardware engineers, scientists, computer support specialists, and software developers to manage the flow of information among project workgroups during development and testing. Therefore, technical writers must be able to understand complex information and communicate the information to people with diverse professional backgrounds.

Applying their knowledge of the user of the product, technical writers may serve as part of a team conducting usability studies to help improve the design of a product that is in the prototype stage. Technical writers may conduct research on their topics through personal observation, library and Internet research, and discussions with technical specialists.

Technical writers are also responsible for managing the consistency of technical content and its use across business departments including product development, manufacturing, marketing, and customer relations.

Some technical writers help write grant proposals for research scientists and institutions.

Increasingly, technical information is being delivered online and through social media. Technical writers are using the interactive technologies of the Web and social media to blend text, graphics, multidimensional images, sound, and video.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Technical Writer

A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, Web design, or engineering, is important.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications. Many technical writing jobs require both a degree and knowledge in a specialized field, such as engineering, computer science, or medicine. Web design experience also is helpful because of the growing use of online technical documentation.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some technical writers begin their careers as specialists or research assistants in a technical field. They eventually develop technical communication skills and assume primary responsibilities for technical writing. In small firms, beginning technical writers may work on projects right away; in larger companies with more standard procedures, beginners may observe experienced technical writers and interact with specialists before being assigned projects.

Training

Many technical writers need short-term on-the-job training to adapt to a different style of writing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some associations, including the Society for Technical Communication, offer certification for technical writers. In addition, the American Medical Writers Association offers extensive continuing education programs and certificates in medical writing. These certificates are available to professionals in the medical and allied scientific communication fields.

Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a technical writer’s opportunities for advancement.

Advancement

Prospects for advancement generally include working on more complex projects and leading or training junior staff. Some technical writers become self-employed and produce work on a freelance basis.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technical writers must be able to take complex, technical information and translate it for colleagues and consumers who have nontechnical backgrounds.

Detail oriented. Technical writers create detailed instructions for others to follow. As a result, they must be detailed and precise at every step so that the instructions can be useful.

Imagination. Technical writers must be able to think about a procedure or product in the way a person without technical experience would think about it.

Teamwork. Technical writers must be able to work well with others. They are almost always part of a team: with other writers; with designers, editors, and illustrators; and with the technical people whose information they are explaining.

Technical skills. Technical writers must be able to understand highly complex information. Many technical writers need a background in engineering or computer science in order to do this.

Writing skills. Technical communicators must have excellent writing skills to be able to explain technical information clearly.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Technical Writer?

Send To A Friend

Technical Writer Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Technical Writer Career Paths

Technical Writer
Business Analyst Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Proposal Writer Proposal Manager
Senior Proposal Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Proposal Writer
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Senior Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Technical Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Content Strategist Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer And Editor Senior Technical Writer
Knowledge Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Technical Writer?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Technical Writer 3.0 years
Technical Editor 3.0 years
Lead Writer 2.8 years
Proposal Writer 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Technical Writer
Editor 5.2%
Consultant 3.7%
Internship 3.4%
Teacher 2.9%
Writer 2.7%
Instructor 2.4%
Top Careers After Technical Writer
Consultant 4.4%
Editor 3.6%
Writer 2.7%
Owner 2.2%

Do you work as a Technical Writer?

Technical Writer Demographics

Gender

Female

46.9%

Male

46.5%

Unknown

6.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.8%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.9%

French

16.6%

German

9.8%

Japanese

4.5%

Italian

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Mandarin

3.8%

Russian

3.4%

Portuguese

3.0%

Korean

2.2%

Hindi

1.6%

Arabic

1.3%

Carrier

1.2%

Hebrew

1.1%

Greek

1.0%

Swedish

0.8%

Cantonese

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Urdu

0.5%
Show More

Technical Writer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

University of Washington

6.4%

University of Houston

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.7%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

George Mason University

5.4%

University of North Texas

5.4%

San Jose State University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.6%

San Francisco State University

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.2%
Show More
Majors

English

20.8%

Business

13.9%

Writing

10.2%

Communication

7.0%

Public Relations

5.9%

Journalism

5.3%

Computer Science

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Psychology

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.3%

History

2.2%

Information Technology

2.1%

Biology

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

46.6%

Masters

24.7%

Other

13.8%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

5.5%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$44,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Technical Writer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Writer in the United States is $60,402 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Technical Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Technical Writer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 13, 2016 $178,400
Staff Technical Writer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 02, 2015 $130,500
Staff Technical Writer Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Apr 28, 2016 $130,000
Staff Technical Writer, Analytics Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Nov 29, 2016 $128,000
Technical Writer III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 13, 2016 $115,000
Technical Writer Healthstream Nashville, TN Aug 27, 2015 $115,000
Technical Writer Fortinet, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 09, 2016 $114,400
Technical Writer Ama Multimedia, LLC Las Vegas, NV Jan 27, 2015 $110,240
Technical Writer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jul 11, 2016 $108,000
Technical Writer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 16, 2016 $105,000
Technical Writer Aivvy Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 08, 2015 $104,350
Technical Writer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 14, 2016 $104,187
Tech Yahoo, Technical Writer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 05, 2015 $103,170 -
$134,100
Tech Yahoo, Technical Writer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 10, 2015 $103,170 -
$134,100
Technical Writer (Legal) Tab Networks, Inc. Woodcliff Lake, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $68,000
Technical Writer Qtech Solutions Inc. Somerset, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $68,000
Technical Writer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 18, 2015 $67,933
Technical Writer NMK Global Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 01, 2015 $67,933
Technical Writer Mobirocket, Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 23, 2015 $67,933
Technical Writer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 15, 2015 $67,933
Technical Writer Wipro Limited Bellevue, WA Feb 23, 2015 $67,787
Technical Writer Ls Cable America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 16, 2015 $59,779
Technical Writer Larsen & Toubro Technology Services Ltd. McConnellsburg, PA Sep 04, 2015 $59,700
Technical Writer L&T Technology Services, Ltd. Greencastle, PA Apr 01, 2015 $59,700
Research Technical Writer/Translation Specialist Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Aug 15, 2016 $59,584
Technical Writer I American Institutes for Research Washington, DC Sep 21, 2016 $59,322 -
$74,235
Technical Writer 1 X.Commerce Culver City, CA Jun 21, 2015 $59,160
Technical Writer 1 X.Commerce Culver City, CA Oct 06, 2016 $59,160
Technical Writer Aerosol Gas Company Inc. San Ramon, CA Sep 24, 2016 $58,436

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Technical Writer?

Have you worked as a Technical Writer? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Technical Writer.

Top Skills for A Technical Writer

  1. Test Cases
  2. Online Documentation
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with developers and applied documented test cases to test software applications; wrote resulting step-by-step procedures in user-guide format.
  • Analyzed and organized large amounts of new highly technical information to then successfully complete large, complex online documentation projects.
  • Collaborated with software developers in order to produce technically accurate content for both general customers and technical support staff.
  • Gathered information from other departments and maintained current system documentation for multiple Windows and Web applications.
  • Confer with and manage subject matter experts to establish technical specifications and determine subject material to develop standards.

How Would You Rate Working As a Technical Writer?

Are you working as a Technical Writer? Help us rate Technical Writer as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Technical Writers

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Washington
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. North Carolina
  8. Georgia
  9. New Jersey
  10. California
  • (203 jobs)
  • (148 jobs)
  • (243 jobs)
  • (388 jobs)
  • (132 jobs)
  • (164 jobs)
  • (170 jobs)
  • (116 jobs)
  • (137 jobs)
  • (674 jobs)

Top Technical Writer Employers

Jobs From Top Technical Writer Employers

Related to your recently viewed content