Re: Questions on the Business End of Things
What technical writing jobs that you know of pay more than $100K per year on the East Coast?
I see jobs for Senior Technical Writer on the west coast that pay $120K, however with the cost of Silicon Valley living, I couldn't see my standard of living being better by moving there.
Most non-management tech writing jobs that pay 6 figures require
specialized technical skills, such as engineering, biology, chemistry
or medical degrees. Almost every writer I know who does not
have such a background who breaks the 100K line is a 1099
independent who carries his or her own contracts.
Do you know of anyone who has ever risen beyond TW to become a VP at a company? I think TW is a dead-end job. You become a Senior TW, then a Principal TW or a Team Lead or a TW Manager, but it doesn't go any higher from there. And I think most companies would have a coronary before paying someone with 'writer' in his/her title more than $100K
Facts of life, I'm afraid. Some occupations are more suited to high
level advancement than others. I do know of a couple of director/VPs who started up the ladder from tech writing positions, but in addition
to project and personnel management they also added business process
administration and improvement to their repertoire, both of which bore
me to tears. Sometimes just have to choose between climbing the ladder and being able to spend your days doing things you prefer doing.
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