Re: Problem with TW Salary Surveys

Subject: Re: Problem with TW Salary Surveys
From: Mary McWilliams Johnson <mary -at- SUPERCONNECT -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 21:30:45 -0500

The Lone Star Chapter of STC does an annual survey, which they call a
"Demographic Survey," as it reports a variety of statistics about tech
writers - including salaries. Of course this is just a survey of the North
Texas area, but perhaps it has some info that you will find helpful.


Mary McWilliams Johnson
McJohnson Communications
Documentation Specialist
Web Site Design, Development and Graphics

At 03:50 PM 5/13/98 -0700, Dick Gaskill wrote:
>I noticed a problem with the salary surveys mentioned on the list today.
>The surveys do not list salaries by level of technical writer, but lump
>all salaries of writers in a geographical area together, no matter what
>level or how much experience they have.
>Mean and average salaray data is nice info but not very usable. This is
>like puting 17 kinds of fruit together in one basket and giving you the
>average price. Does not help much when you want to know the price of
>apples. It would be more meaningful to have the numbers published as
>salary ranges within a job level in a geographical area as in the
>following example: (TW=Tech Writer). It would also be helpful to have
>the information listed by number of years experience.
> Zip code | TW I | TW II | TW III (Sr.) | Lead
>TW | Mgr
>Yrs Exp/Sal Range 95 | 1-3 $nK-$nK | etc.
> Perhaps those who publish the surveys might consider this when
>compiling the 1998 surveys.
> ----------
> From: K R Wolfe [SMTP:keith -at- MERGE -dot- COM]
> <snip>
> The STC web site does have a pdf file with the latest survey
>available for
> download. Here's the addy for anyone interested.
> The file's name is salary.pdf Thanks for all your replies.
> kw

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