Documentation Salary Survey 2020

Hello! The second annual Write the Docs Salary Survey is now closed for submissions. Results have been published on the Write the Docs web site. The new survey for 2021 is coming soon! Thanks to everyone who contributed!  

What is this?

This annual survey, run by the Write the Docs community, aims to gather data about salaries for people working in documentation and related fields around the world. Results of the inaugural survey are available on the Write the Docs website.

We hope that this data can help our community members determine what appropriate salary ranges are, and provide a benchmark for future employment-related decisions and negotiations.

Additionally, we’re hoping the results spark discussion of employment-related trends and issues in our industry, including but not limited to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who’s behind it?

Write the Docs is a global community of people who care about documentation. We have a Slack network with thousands of participants, run conferences on three continents, host meetups in over 40 cities, maintain a job board, and publish a monthly email newsletter. You’ll also find a buzzing community around the #writethedocs hashtag on Twitter.

Who’s it for?

We encourage everyone working in areas related to documentation to complete this survey, no matter what country you live in, what level of skill or experience you possess, or what industry you operate in.

The questions are for people of all employment statuses: working or unemployed, full-time or part-time, permanent or contract, employee or freelance/self-employed.

Submissions will close on Monday, November 16, and results will be made available towards the end of December to everyone, for free, on the Write the Docs web site.

What else do I need to know?

The survey contains 22 questions, and is broken up into 5 sections. It should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

All responses are completely anonymous. In the interests of obtaining accurate and useful data for comparisons, most questions are required, but some have an “I’d prefer not to answer” option. Data gathered is used by the Write the Docs team internally for production of our report only, and is not shared with any third party, and with this in mind, we’d encourage everyone to answer as fully as possible.