The 2008 Salary Database released by the STC this month provides an impressive amount of salary and industry information in easy-to-read, attractive charts and graphics. It's kind of mind blowing how informative and professional this report is.
The depth and quantity of location-specific information available is especially useful to job seekers, employees or consultants negotiating salaries, or technical writers looking to relocate. The salary database will help you evaluate whether you're being paid a fair salary for your location and industry. Note that the report covers only the U.S. and draws upon the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Here are a few highlights:
Here's a chart showing where most of the technical writers in the U.S. are employed.
The bulk of the report is in the specific salaries and statistics for your area. For Utah, in 2007, here's what the salaries looked like:
In 2008, the numbers dropped a bit:
From 2007 to 2008, the number of jobs dropped 13.8 percent. The average hourly wage for both 2007 and 2008 was about the same, ranging from 25 to 35 dollars.
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