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Industry Surveys

As a recruiter and employer of documentation specialists, we are ideally placed to review market rates and comment on emerging trends. One of the tools we use to make these commentaries are surveys.

The main surveys we conduct are the:

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TechWriter Salary Reports

In 2012 most documentation specialists are earning the equivalent of between $110,000 and $200,000 (see graph below).

When each attribute is viewed in isolation, there remains no clear correlation between educational background and salary, or years of experience and salary. However, there seems to be a relationship between the combination of educational background and years of experience that generally impacts rates.

The most significant change this year is the increase in the number of those earning $135,000 - $200,000, now at 35%. Those earning more than $95,000 has continued to rise to 85% from 75% in 2011 and 73% in 2010. The 2012 annual salary report shows the significant increase in rates over 2009.

For full details download a PDF version of the 2012 annual survey report. If you would like a copy emailed to you, then please let us know by emailing

Technical Writing Industry Survey

This survey collects salary information from anonymous respondents as part of our candidate satisfaction survey.

Key findings of the report include:

  • both flexible starting and finishing times and the ability to work from home were the most preferred working conditions
  • the majority of employers expect to pay between $65 and $95 per hour for technical communicators
  • 70% of respondents are working at least 36 hours per week
  • during 2012 the majority of respondents have worked for more than 6 months as seen in the graph below

For more details view the full Annual Salaries Report.

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Previous Salary Reports

Annual Salary Report 2010

Annual salary Report 2007

Annual Salary Report 2005/6 (PDF 103KB

Annual Salary Report 2004/05
(PDF 103KB)

Annual Salary Report 2003/04
(PDF 123KB)








Industry Survey Reports

Industry survey 2007 report

Technical Writing Industry Survey
2006 Report