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Technical Writing and Editing Employee - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Technical Writing and Editing Employee"

How much does a Technical Writing and Editing Employee in the federal government get paid? $107,596.89* *Based on the 2021 average.

Technical Writing and Editing Employee was the 245th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 435 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the National Institutes of Health hired the most employees titled Technical Writing And Editing, with an average salary of $124,152.

Government Technical Writing And Editing jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Technical Writing And Editing job is GS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions that involve writing or editing technical materials, such as reports of research findings; scientific or technical articles, news releases, and periodicals; regulations in technical areas; technical manuals, specifications, brochures, and pamphlets; or speeches or scripts on scientific or technical subjects. Technical writers and technical editors draw on a substantial knowledge of a particular subject-matter area, such as the natural or social sciences, engineering, law, or other fields. The work involves the development of information and analysis to select and present information on the specialized subject in a form and at a level suitable for the intended audience.

Agencies that have hired a Technical Writing and Editing Employee

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Institutes of Health 73 $124,152.15
Federal Aviation Administration 49 $102,381.06
National Archives and Records Administration 47 $108,852.74
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 36 $106,270.97
Geological Survey 23 $87,082.04
Veterans Health Administration 20 $90,122.50
Forest Service 20 $84,303.50
National Transportation Safety Board 17 $138,163.88
Bureau of Reclamation 12 $81,242.08
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $101,820.42
U.S. Coast Guard 12 $89,183.33
Department of State 8 $106,182.75
Food and Drug Administration 7 $113,381.71
Department of Energy 6 $124,138.33
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $113,137.40
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $122,607.60
National Gallery of Art 5 $126,563.20
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 4 $98,162.50
Internal Revenue Service 4 $74,593.75
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 4 $103,035.00
National Science Foundation 4 $122,049.50
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 4 $113,684.25
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $141,999.00
Office of Justice Programs 3 $120,543.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $159,189.33
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 3 $103,103.67
Health Resources and Services Administration 3 $123,709.33
National Labor Relations Board 3 $100,639.67
National Credit Union Administration 2 $1,125.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $91,602.50
Indian Health Service 2 $83,291.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 2 $89,442.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2 $114,059.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 2 $87,389.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $207,444.50
Environmental Protection Agency 2 $133,133.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $106,094.50
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $126,939.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $87,198.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $101,734.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $113,362.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $95,920.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $124,428.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $87,039.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $127,014.00
Transportation Security Administration 1 $119,832.00
Government Printing Office 1 $75,507.00
Bureau of Land Management 1 $83,613.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $138,413.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $805.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $103,690.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $120,700.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $93,013.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $128,114.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $131,341.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $132,845.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $102,322.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $134,798.00

Technical Writing and Editing Employee Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Technical Writing and Editing Employee is $107,596.89. The highest paid Technical Writing and Editing Employee made $218,113 in 2021.

Common Technical Writing and Editing Employee Payscales

Payscale Number of Technical Writing And Editing Employees
GS - General Schedule 358
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 41
ZA - Administrative 16
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 1
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 1
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management
Occupation Family: 1000 INFORMATION AND ARTS GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Technical Writing and Editing jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Geodetic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Trade SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Financial AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Government InformationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Autopsy AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Technical Writing And Editing Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Technical Writing and Editing Employee was $69,799. Since then, the average pay has increased to $107,597 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 1083.

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