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> The 1999 STC salary survey
> gives the median
> salary in my area of the country at $46,000 for technical
> writers [...]
> This looks low to me, based on the hourly rate I was getting
> when I was
> contracting full-time as a technical writer
A pretty widely accepted formula is to take your hourly rate as a
contractor and multiply it by 1000 to calculate the comparable annual
salary for a staff job.
Using that formula, and your statement that you most recently charged $40
an hour and would be inclined to ask closer to $50 an hour now, I'd say
$46,000 was a pretty reasonable offer.
Region, experience, and other factors may skew the formula a bit one way
or another, but I still think it gives a valid estimate.
David M. Brown - Brown Inc.
dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com