salary info

Subject: salary info
From: Brian Ford <subout -at- msn -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:18:59 -0800

Hi there techwr group,I've been approached by an organization to help with a technical document as a contractor and haven't a clue what to ask for in terms of salary. I read the article on, where it says the average contractor wage was $42/hr. Sounds nice, but I don't know how I compare to a career tech writer. The audience for the document would be IT engineers, and the subject is something I have extensive experience in. For serveral years, I was a QA engineer for the particular area they want documented. While doing that job, I wrote technical documents internally for the organization but I've never been a tech writer before. What sort of skills/experience/background, etc are expected out of a $42/hr technical writer? Thanks!!
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