Zen sounds very irate here:
You know, as a hotshot programmer, I didn't make $60 an hour. And
all the technical writer's I knew made 1/2 or less of what I made
as a programmer.
Salaries depend on many factors: location, experience, and subject
matter are the biggest. A software developer would easily make this
much on a contract basis. Programmers earn less.
I have several friends who are still in the field of technical
writing, and they would ALL like to know where they can get paid
$60 an hour for technical writing.
Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California, for very senior-level
contract technical writers documenting very complex software for a
developer audience. I was pulling down $50/hour for user-level
software docs just last week. I have 15 years’ experience in the
$15 to $20 an hour is a darn good wage. Wake up and join the real
world, where part time minimum wage jobs are becoming the norm.
Even for people with "advanced degrees".
No, 15-20 dollars an hour will have you sharing a one-bedroom
apartment with three other people, and eating beans and rice. In
Orange County, CA, that is. Don’t assume that your perception of the
world is the only one. We all have to work a little harder nowadays
to get into a good career or job - they don’t just fall into your
lap, especially if you don’t live in an urban area. You cannot
generalize about pay - it is too dependent on experience and
location, not to mention skill and relative demand for that skill.
That said, I like the idea of sharing what little jewelry knowledge
I have, and I’m pretty good at communicating technical information
in writing, drawings, and photographs. If I get a great idea for an
article, I may well do it. After a day staring at a computer screen,
though, I’d rather make cool stuff out of metal and stones. I write
becasue I get paid for it, (and as far as day-jobs go, technical
writing is a pretty good one, IMO) and the idea of working some more
for what amounts to $2/hour putting together an article doesn’t
appeal to me. Because I understand this, I elect not to whine about
the quality of the articles that others do choose to submit.
Uh Oh. Now Trish is going to be afrer me to submit something for the