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2007 Writing / Editing Average Salaries

This is a list of the average salaries for a number of writing and editing professions. The figures represent typical scales for a mid-sized metropolitan area in the United States. Larger markets tend to pay more and smaller markets tend to pay less. Remember that these are typical salaries for people who are employed by other companies. There is a much greater income variation among people who freelance or own their own businesses.

Hewitt, J.C. PoeWar (2007). Careers>Salaries>Editing>Writing


Dealing With the Salary Survey

Thanks to Makarand, Paresh, Mira, and other contributors, some of our questions are answered after a gap of two years and we have some takeaways from the salary survey.

Aiyyangar, Ramesh. Indus (2005). Careers>Salaries>Regional>India


Emerging from the Sidelines: The Indian Technical Writing Community in a Global Marketplace

Comparing trends in India and the U.S. gives a sense that the Indian technical communication community is on a strong footing and can gain a competitive edge by focusing on some key areas.

Bhatia, Neeraj. Indus (2005). Careers>Salaries>Regional>India


Employment Trends: Industries and Qualities   (PDF)

This article provides supplemental information to STC's 2004 Salary Survey.

Intercom (2004). Careers>Salaries


Findings from the Web Design Survey, 2008

If we, the people who make websites, want the world to know who we are and what we do, it’s up to each of us to stand up and represent. Last year, 30,055 of you did just that, taking time out of your busy day to answer the sometimes detailed and often thought-provoking questions in the second A List Apart Survey. This year’s findings paint a clearer picture of the distinctions between full-time and freelance web professionals: how you work, what you earn, and what you love about the job. Interestingly, too, despite the brutality of a global recession that was already in full swing (like an axe) when we offered the survey, most respondents revealed a surprisingly high level of job security, satisfaction, and confidence in the future.

List Apart, A (2009). Careers>Web Design>Salaries


Hourly Rates and Salaries

As you might expect, salaries vary considerably based on location. I’ve looked over various surveys and believe the following are representative of salaries currently being offered.

Tech-Writer. Careers>Salaries>Technical Writing


If Content is King, Why Are Content Professionals Paid So Little?

You strike gold with web content when you create stuff that allows people to do things. It all begins with knowing what the person ultimately wants to do. The focus must not be on the content itself.

McGovern, Gerry. CMSwire (2014). Careers>Content Management>Salaries


Listen, the Numbers are Singing

Among the constant chattering noise that these numbers are making, they also sing some common tunes.

Naik, Paresh. Indus (2005). Careers>Salaries>Regional>India


Member Profile and Salary Survey

The goal of the 2000 Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) Member Profile and Salary Survey was to gather information that would enable the association to understand the make-up of the membership in order to ensure their needs are being met.

Usability Professionals Association (2000). Careers>Salaries>Usability


Member Profile and Salary Survey

The goal of the 2000 Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) Member Profile and Salary Survey was to gather information that would enable the association to understand the make-up of the membership in order to ensure their needs are being met.

Usability Professionals Association (2000). Careers>Salaries>Usability


Occupational Employment and Wages: Technical Writers

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work. Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2008). Careers>Salaries>Writing>Technical Writing


Occupational Employment and Wages: Technical Writers

Technical writers, also called technical communicators, put technical information into easily understandable language. They work primarily in information-technology-related industries, coordinating the development and dissemination of technical content for a variety of users; however, a growing number of technical communicators are using technical content to resolve business communications problems in a diversifying number of industries. Included in their products are operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions, and other documentation needed for online help and by technical support staff, consumers, and other users within the company or industry.

Occupational Employment and Wages: Technical Writers (2010). Careers>Salaries>Writing>Technical Writing


One Cannot Live by Salary Alone

Once our profession is known outside IT, the scope for technical writers will grow in geometric proportions. Clearly, there are good times ahead.

Kamath, Gurudutt R. Indus (2005). Careers>Salaries>Statistics


Salaries and Benefits for Information Architects

The Argus Center for Information Architects received 229 responses to this survey, which ran from January 3 through January 10, 2001.

Argus Center (2001). Careers>Salaries>Information Design


Salaries in India: Boom or Bust?

The movement of jobs from the U.S. and other countries to India has really fueled salary growth.

Abedrabbo, Francisco. Indus (2005). Careers>Salaries>Regional>India


Salary Survey   (PDF)   (members only)

The Society for Technical Communication recently surveyed its members regarding their current salaries and benefits. The questionnaire was Web-based, and STC sent invitations to more than 12,500 technical communicators. More than 2,000 questionnaires were completed, for a response rate of 16 percent.

STC (2004). Careers>TC>Salaries


Salary Survey   (PDF)

This year, for the fi rst time, we've included results by employer as well as information on the types of technique in use today and a breakdown of salary by experience. Members of the Usability Professionals Association are, of course, entitled to the raw data so that they can conduct their own analysis.

Usability Professionals Association (2004). Careers>Salaries>Usability>United Kingdom


Salary Survey of Indian Technical Communicators   (PDF)

STC India chapter conducted a salary survey of Technical Communicators working in India. This web based, anonymous survey was open to all Technical Communicators working in India including those who are not members of STC. The survey was open from 20th April 2005 to 10th May 2005. A total of 455 respondents completed the survey.

STC India (2005). Careers>Salaries>Regional>India


Salary Survey Results (2003)   (PDF)

To better understand the Rocky Mountain region’s technical communication market, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication surveyed its members in December 2003. We received a 34 percent response rate (down from a 52% response rate in 2001). This online survey was the first of its kind for STC RMC. In this report, we profile our representative members and summarize independent contractor responses. Results reported as 'employed' are respondents that are employed but are not independent freelancers.

STC Rocky Mountain Chapter (2004). Careers>Salaries>TC


Salary Survey Reveals Truth About UK Usability Market

Most people looking for the first time at the results of the UK Chapter's recent salary survey will rush to find out where they come on the overall pay scale. But the survey asked far more than just 'how much do you make' and because it was widely publicised and open to all, the results have some interesting things to say about the state of our industry.

Colborne, Giles. Usability Professionals Association (2003). Careers>Salaries>Usability>United Kingdom


Salary Survey, 2003

This survey was conducted June 18-21, 2003. A total of 186 responses were collected. You can also download the full results including open-ended responses, a comma-delimited text file.

Information Architecture Institute (2003). Careers>Salaries>Information Design


Salary Survey: User Experience Professionals 2001

We asked respondents to state their total annual compensation from salary and bonuses; we did not include stock options and other benefits. Given that most stock options have been under water recently, cash compensation may be the most important number anyway.

Nielsen Norman Group (2001). Careers>Salaries>Usability>User Experience


Salary Survey: User Experience Professionals Earn Good Money

A survey of 1,078 user experience professionals finds that usability specialists make more money than designers and writers in the same field. In all three areas, salaries are highest in the U.S., lower in Canada and Asia, and much lower in Europe and Australia.

Nielsen, Jakob. Alertbox (2001). Careers>Usability>Salaries>User Experience


Salary Trends for Usability Professionals

Over the last several years, entry-level salaries have dropped, while pay for experienced usability staff has been more stable.

Nielsen, Jakob. Alertbox (2006). Careers>Usability>Salaries


STC 2007 Salary Database   (members only)

Drawing on data drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), the Salary Database provides more reliable data collected at a much finer level of detail than was possible with STC’s old survey.

STC (2007). Careers>TC>Salaries



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