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Technical Writing and Editing Employee - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Technical Writing and Editing Employee"

How much does a Technical Writing and Editing Employee in the federal government get paid? $102,838.30* *Based on the 2019 average.

Technical Writing and Editing Employee was the 137th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 426 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the National Institutes of Health hired the most employees titled Technical Writing And Editing, with an average salary of $118,478.

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.

Administrative and Management positions have a wide range of responsibilities. Management does not refer specifically to supervisors who directly manage organizations or teams. Rather jobs in this category deal with managing systems or processes such as finances, security systems, training programs, or marketing. For employees in this job category, promotions are typically given 2 grade increments at a time until GS-12 is reached.

Agencies that have hired a Technical Writing and Editing Employee

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Institutes of Health 71 $118,477.67
Federal Aviation Administration 52 $98,240.40
National Archives and Records Administration 43 $99,452.58
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 31 $103,085.48
Geological Survey 22 $89,082.64
Forest Service 21 $77,509.48
Veterans Health Administration 17 $88,522.88
National Transportation Safety Board 16 $133,199.56
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $97,506.75
Bureau of Reclamation 10 $82,055.00
Food and Drug Administration 10 $99,845.30
U.S. Coast Guard 10 $84,757.20
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 7 $104,679.00
Department of State 6 $104,783.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $105,877.00
Internal Revenue Service 5 $72,272.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $92,295.60
Department of Energy 5 $123,446.40
Patent and Trademark Office 4 $101,764.75
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 4 $94,290.25
National Science Foundation 4 $128,165.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $72,859.67
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 $92,522.00
Ames Research Center 3 $130,236.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $152,776.67
National Labor Relations Board 3 $95,327.67
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $125,333.67
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $189,392.33
National Gallery of Art 3 $118,815.67
Government Printing Office 2 $80,042.00
Indian Health Service 2 $79,982.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $107,435.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $98,275.50
Office of Justice Programs 2 $123,957.50
Bureau of Land Management 2 $75,484.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $94,520.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $95,910.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $76,541.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $117,191.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $74,221.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $132,649.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $91,396.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $115,699.00
Langley Research Center 1 $108,540.00
National Park Service 1 $69,813.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $102,609.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1 $99,500.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $75,113.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $119,004.00
U.S. Mint 1 $128,920.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $128,920.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $108,422.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $94,520.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $105,697.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $115,699.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $108,422.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1 $63,881.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $122,310.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $119,453.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $105,890.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $111,092.00

Technical Writing and Editing Employee Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Technical Writing and Editing Employee is $102,838.30. The highest paid Technical Writing and Editing Employee made $211,284 in 2019.

Common Technical Writing and Editing Employee Payscales

Payscale Number of Technical Writing And Editing Employees
GS - General Schedule 349
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 42
ZA - Administrative 12
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
CG - Corporate Graded 3
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,184.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Technical Writing and Editing Employee was $69,799. Since then, the average pay has increased to $102,838 in 2019.

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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