I’m graduating from university with an English degree next year. Some of my classmates graduating this year are sharing their experiences finding jobs. I’ve overheard them discussing their expected pay. Some of my classmates were able to negotiate an hourly wage in their upcoming positions.
Naturally, this got me thinking about what I can expect to be paid for a technical writing position. And, how the hell I determine what to negotiate if I have to do so. I’m currently in a part-time tech writing internship that I think is giving me some really valuable experience - editing and writing WIDs, SOPs, job aids, etc.
When I move into a job post-graduation next year, how do I determine what is the “appropriate” pay for my work? This is a loaded question, I know. But, should I go off of what my internship pays me? It’s about double minimum wage in my area (the Western US, not California).
I just don’t want to get, well, screwed over. I also have a teeny bit of rudimentary CS experience and would love to learn API documentation.
Can anyone give me some insight for salary? Give me the brutal truth. Thanks, everyone.
Hey all. There’s a dearth of information on compensation for documentation engineers (read: technical writers proficient with code / shells / APIs, etc.) online, so I was hoping to start a conversation here and see if my expectations for salary are reasonable.
What would you consider the salary range to be for a docs engineer position at a Big N company in the San Francisco area? Honestly, I could see it anywhere from 90-130 (low/high). The company I passed the onsite interview for seems to have a median salary of 120, with new software engineers making upwards of ~120-140 base salary.
Some background info on me: I’ve been tech writing for the last four years professionally, and I come from a coding and computer science background (which plays into the engineer side of the title) and have acted as the lead and often standalone tech writer for many products at my company, technical and non-technical. I have a lot of experience with a bunch of programming languages and also know a lot of markup languages / tools.
My main issue... even after reviewing glassdoor and tons of posts around reddit, both here and in /r/cscareerquestions, I can’t tell if I should expect to be paid slightly less than a starting dev salary, or much less, or, because it’s an ‘engineer’ title where you work with code a majority of the time, roughly equal to a starting dev salary.
If anyone has any insight I would really appreciate it. Tech writing is sort of a niche field so there’s not a lot of people I can ask or articles to read or relevant data to find!
Hi everyone. I'm 24 year old, have a B.Sc. in Computer Science, and I have been a software engineer for a little over a year total now.
I cannot picture myself doing this for many more years to come. I'm considering moving to a job in technical writing.
Writing is something that I've always not only enjoyed, but something I think that I picked up fairly easily. I was always strongest in my humanities classes in college and enjoyed writing dense and logical philosophy papers. Sometimes on my personal technical portfolio online, I will make a write-up/article explaining the process behind a technical project of mine and this is something I enjoy as well.
I cannot stand when things are not well documented and I believe that everything should be boiled down to its most necessary components that are given in the simplest terms possible to make them more widely accessible. Overall, I get far more satisfaction from writing good English (and other languages) than I do from writing good code.
What are some questions I should ask myself if I want to make this transition?
Would it be fairly difficult for me to do as a software engineer with a degree in computer science?
Despite potentially being a mid-level software engineer when I make this transition, would I have to start at the very bottom as an entry level technical writer?
Should I try making a "lateral move" within my own company, or seek employment elsewhere if I want to transition careers?
As an aside, do any of you have a hobby of creative writing in your free time, and if so, do you think your careers have helped you with it in some way?
Been working my butt off for the last year and have been told by my boss that I’ll be locked in for a promotion (Woohoo!). However, I have zero idea as to how much to expect in additional compensation.
I’m currently paid spot on for market value in my area for a Technical Writer I, but I see that a Technical Writer II makes about 10k more. This clearly sounds great to me, but that entails an 18% bump in my current compensation which seems large.
I have expanded my current role a great deal past what has historically been required out of my position, but still feel as though an 18% bump is probably unrealistic to expect
I am curious because I have good writing skills and got an A in a Standard Freshman Composition class back in community college. Would this be a good way to gauge whether or not I would like this subject?
Hi Reddit, I'm a technical author with seven months of experience, so relatively junior. My manager (Documentation Manager with many years experience) left the company, we're struggling to find a replacement, so my employer is offering to send me on/pay for training courses to help strengthen my skills in the absence of a 'mentor'. Does anyone have any recommendations on training courses which would be beneficial to a technical author working in the software field? I've had a look at the ISTC accredited courses, but I am keen to hear from anyone who has experience of any of those courses. Are there any other courses that may be of interest? Perhaps a generic English qualification from the Open University may be more beneficial at this point? I work in the software field, and I like to dabble in a bit of web development (I'm very junior at this), but since we produce an online help website, I wonder if I could sneak in a web dev course or something too, as I'm keen to pursue this avenue.
Any thoughts or recommendations are appreciated, thanks.