What does a Principal 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.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Principal Technical Writer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$117,945 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$86K
Median: $118K
$161K
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Principal Technical Writer Career Path

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$95,910/yr
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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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