Technical Writing and Editing Employee - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Technical Writing and Editing Employee"

How much does a Technical Writing and Editing Employee in the federal government get paid? $95,079.46* *Based on the 2016 average.

Technical Writing and Editing Employee was the 233rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 489 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the National Institutes of Health hired the most employees titled Technical Writing And Editing, with an average salary of $107,606.

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 84 $107,605.88
Federal Aviation Administration 59 $87,551.95
National Archives and Records Administration 50 $87,314.14
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 35 $94,150.29
Geological Survey 27 $76,224.93
Forest Service 23 $76,328.57
Food and Drug Administration 16 $99,075.00
National Transportation Safety Board 16 $125,664.44
Veterans Health Administration 16 $81,809.25
Bureau of Reclamation 15 $76,579.40
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 14 $94,191.79
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $92,956.11
Department of State 7 $99,938.71
Internal Revenue Service 6 $68,811.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 6 $98,138.00
National Science Foundation 6 $115,267.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $105,712.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 5 $141,976.40
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $113,138.40
Department of Energy 5 $108,917.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 5 $91,440.40
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 4 $80,537.50
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 3 $90,119.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $136,215.33
Government Printing Office 3 $71,634.00
National Gallery of Art 3 $137,000.67
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $78,956.33
Indian Health Service 3 $76,247.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $89,751.67
National Park Service 3 $81,497.00
Bureau of Land Management 3 $65,947.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $110,402.33
National Labor Relations Board 3 $85,411.00
Office of Justice Programs 2 $105,124.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $97,787.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $113,962.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $68,446.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 2 $107,664.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $151,286.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 2 $114,884.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $98,153.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $137,403.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $124,037.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $85,238.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $190,606.00
Bureau of the Census 1 $87,821.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $120,427.00
Agency for International Development 1 $101,361.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $105,039.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $101,361.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $68,960.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $110,578.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $104,433.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $77,490.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 1 $85,238.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $64,650.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $110,688.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $98,289.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $113,650.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $96,912.00
U.S. Mint 1 $121,844.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $96,273.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 1 $80,073.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $116,722.00

Technical Writing and Editing Employee Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Technical Writing and Editing Employee is $95,079.46. The highest paid Technical Writing and Editing Employee made $194,544 in 2016.

Common Technical Writing and Editing Employee Payscales

Payscale Number of Technical Writing And Editing Employees
GS - General Schedule 394
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 52
ZA - Administrative 16
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
CG - Corporate Graded 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1

Starting Paygrade: $26,915.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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
Hydrologic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Insurance ExaminingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Commissary ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Equal Opportunity AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Hospital Housekeeping ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Technical Writing And Editing Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Technical Writing and Editing Employee was $69,799. Since then, the average pay has increased to $97,614 in 2018.

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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