What does a Technical Writer do?

Technical writers are responsible for the management of the consistency of technical written content. Because technical writing is versatile in nature and demand, it can be found across many company departments, including marketing and customer relations. Technical writers also assist research scientists and institutions with writing grants and proposals and prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles and other documents that represent complex and technical information more easily to the reader.

Technical writers help develop and gather relevant technical information and to share the completed information through an organization's communication channels, which could be internal, external, or both. Technical writers may be called upon to work with product liability specialists or customer service managers to improve the end-user experience through design change for new products. They manage the flow of information during product development and testing processes and phases. They can also conduct usability studies to improve product design and gather research courtesy of libraries and websites and their own observations and discussions with technical experts. Technical writers often have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as specialized knowledge or additional degrees in related fields like medicine or computer science.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Technical Writer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$64,214 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$46K
Median: $64K
$89K
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Technical Writer Career Path

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Technical Writer Insights

Read what Technical Writer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Articulate Inc.Articulate Inc.
Technical Writer
Oct. 15, 2021

“Monthly business updates are informative and fun at the same time—recent example: our CTO introduced his new pup after reviewing the product roadmap.”

Swanson ReedSwanson Reed
Technical Writer
Nov. 7, 2019

“Management genuinely cared about and listened to any concerns I had about the job and responded to those concerns quickly.”

Patricio EnterprisesPatricio Enterprises
Technical Writer
Jun. 23, 2021

“Not sure the manager I worked with even knew what he was doing when it came to managing others.”

AmazonAmazon
Technical Writer
Aug. 14, 2020

“Manager is also very supportive in taking online courses that I feel help my career.”

NewAge ProductsNewAge Products
Technical Writer
Feb. 23, 2021

“Comp offs are provided if adding extra login hours on weekends based on project requirement.”

NewportNewport
Technical Writer
Dec. 31, 2019

“digit percentage pay increase compared to previous employer even though I was previously a manager.”

PacktPackt
Technical Editor
Dec. 23, 2020

“If you're looking for a freshers job this a good place where you can start your career.”

TaxBitTaxBit
Lead Technical Writer
Jun. 11, 2021

“I love working here at TaxBit! I've been offered opportunities to learn and grow and pursue the career I want.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a technical writer

When working as a technical writer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Writing, Editing, Degree IN English, Microsoft Office Suite and Content Management Systems.

The most similar professions to technical writer are:
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Content Writer
  • Writer

The most common qualifications to become a technical writer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.