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Did You Know that the Average Technical Writer Earns $88,000 Annually? Here’s More Insight into This Lucrative Writing Niche

I recently updated the Freelance Writing Jobs Report, which I first wrote back in 2008 – wow, how time flies.

I’d been writing SEO content for about a year, and was overwhelmed with work. I wrote this report to help other existing and aspiring freelance writers see the opportunities this type of writing offers – no matter what the economy is doing.

So, what does this have to do with technical writing?

Well, as the report is all about how to target niches and use what’s happening in the economy to help you find lucrative and/or evergreen niches to target, I thought it was a good time to highlight this niche … which is high-paying AND evergreen.

What Is Technical Writing Exactly?

In the Freelance Writing Jobs Report, it’s defined this way …

According to YourFreeCareerTest.com, a technical writer is responsible for creating journal articles or technical and instructional manuals, such as, maintenance and operating instructions or other documents, that organizes complex material into a document that can be easily understood.

The report discusses this highly paid niche more, ie …

Why is Technical Writing So Fertile a Niche for Freelance Writers?

I can’t give you a scientific answer, but my own take on it – and I’ve been in publishing since 1987 is this – we live in the age of information and technology.

As long as gidgets, gadgets and thing-a-ma-bobs are created, there will be the need to explain them to people like me who call them gidgets, gadgets and thing-a-ma-bobs. And, more of these are being created every day.

The 2015-2016 Freelance Writing Jobs ReportI remember when I got a new cell phone (especially these brand new iPhones – oy vey!) a few months ago.

I was at a loss because the friend who’d programmed my old one had moved away. How do you change that annoying ring tone, add a new number under an existing contact and set the second alarm so that the first one (which you don’t know how to turn off), doesn’t wake you up at 7 am on a Saturday morning?

Technical writers write manuals to explain all this stuff – and a whole lot more. If you have an interest in technology and electronics – even if you’ve never written about it before – there is a need for your services.

Technical Writing Salary Info

Here’s the latest data as of this writing on how much technical writers earn from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This page gives a lot of other useful info too, eg, industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation; states with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation; top-paying states for this occupation; and more.

I found this post discussing how much these professionals earn in Canada, as opposed to the USA and India, for example, very interesting.

Get Some First-Hand Info On/About Technical Writing

For more technical writing facts, trends and insights, check out the in-depth podcast interview with industry leader, Tom Johnson. Very insightful.

P.S.: Feel free to link to the report to share this information with fellow and/or aspiring freelance writers.

Note: The report highlights 11 evergreen freelance writing niches and provides other valuable info on this career.

P.P.S.: Here’s One Type of Technical Writing Career That’s Easy to Start as a Freelancer … and It Pays Well.

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    1. Hi Yuwanda, thanks for mentioning my blog post about technical writer salaries in Canada vs US and India in your blog. It was very interesting to read your views about technical and non-technical writing. Keep writing!