Technical Writer at a Glance

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  • 2023

Average Salary for Technical Writer

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Best States for Technical Writer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Virginia 2,910 $74,380 $36
Maryland 2,050 $73,700 $35
District of Columbia 940 $64,720 $31

Becoming a Technical Writer

While some technical writing or technical communication degree programs focus mainly on writing and communication, many programs offer students additional "tracks" or concentrations in technical, scientific, or medical communications. In more comprehensive technical writing degree programs, students develop their writing and communication skills while building their knowledge of a specialized field such as engineering, computer science, or medicine. Many degree programs also teach the design skills necessary for presenting technical information in both print and Web-based media. The curriculum for technical writing degree programs varies widely depending on the school. Classes drawn from course listings for Northeastern University's online bachelor's in technical communication include:
  • Technical writing
  • Technical editing
  • Writing for the Web
  • Graphic communication and production
  • Software technical writing
  • Medical writing
When considering careers in technical writing, decide which industry interests you, then choose a degree program that supports your interest and career goals. Technical writers typically begin as specialists or research assistants in order to build their knowledge of a particular technical field. As their knowledge of that field develops, they move on to technical writing and more complex projects.