It was Marsha Sinetar who once said “Do what you love and the money will follow” and technical writers in India seems to get both love and money out of this noble profession.
STC India chapter recently released their salary survey results for 2013 which provides an insight about the technical writing salaries in India and also about the technical writing industry growth in the region. Data collection, analysis, and report was published by Paresh Naik. Kudos to Paresh’s great efforts in publishing this salary survey!
About the Survey
STC India chapter conducted a survey of salaries of Technical Communicators working in India. This anonymous survey was open to all Technical Communicators working in India including those who are not the members of STC. The survey was conducted through a web based questionnaire open from 10th to 25th October 2013.
A total of 165 respondents completed the survey. One invalid response was excluded from the analysis. All the salary figures mentioned in this report are in Indian Rupees unless specifically mentioned otherwise.
The conversion rate between INR and USD or CAD is (approximately):
1 USD= 62 INR & 1 CAD = 56 INR [ USD = US Dollars, CAD= Canadian Dollars, INR= Indian Rupees]
- The survey shows the average salary level of Indian Technical Communicators in 2013 has increased by 16.8% compared to the same in 2012.
- For the same experience level, Pune is the highest paying city in India closely followed by Bangalore.
- Comparison of median salaries in India and the U.S. shows that the Indian salary levels are about 27.7% of the U.S. salary levels
Indian Technical Writer Salary based on Experience
Statistical Conventions used in the Survey Results
Base: The total responses in a given category.
Mean: The value computed by averaging the tabulated responses.
10%: Ten percent of the responses were below this value; ninety percent were above this value.
25%: Twenty-five percent of the responses were below this value; seventy-five percent were above this value.
50%: Fifty percent of the responses were below this value; fifty percent were above this value. This is also called the median.
75%: Seventy-five percent of the responses were below this value; twenty-five percent were above this value.
90%: Ninety percent of the responses were below this value; ten percent were above this value.
TrimMean: This value is the mean taken by excluding 10% of data points from the top and bottom tails of a data set. In other words, this is an average of values excluding the extreme cases.
Indian Technical Writer Salary based on Location
Indian Technical Writer Salary based on Age
Indian Technical Writer Salary Trend
Profile of Respondents based on Experience
Profile of Respondents based on Location
NCR- National Capital Region (NCR) in India is the designation for the conurbation or metropolitan area which encompasses the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi, which includes New Delhi, as well as urban areas surrounding it in neighboring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Profile of Respondents based on Age
Are you working as a technical writer in India? Are these average salaries near to the real figure? Leave a comment and let me know.
Thanks a lot for this post! It’s giving me a fairly good idea of where I stand, and how much I can expect to earn next year! 😉 I have completed about 2 years working as a freelancer, in Pune. But, so far I have just worked for this 1 company as it is run by a close friend. Initially i started off working for them from home, but it became too tedious, and now they have assigned me a workstation in their office itself, and the workflow has become much smoother and the work comes at my office desk rather than me having to approach people for it. Also, the uncertainty from their end regarding what I am currently working on has also reduced and I have become more approachable by the people in my friend’s organization. I earn between 3 and 4 lakh rupees a year.
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Very good stats. These figures should help recruiting agencies and companies understand the underlying salaries of tech writers.