Documentation Salary Survey 2022

Hello! Welcome to the fourth annual Write the Docs Salary Survey. 

What is

This annual survey, run by the Write the Docs community, gathers data about salaries for people working in documentation and related fields around the world. Results of the previous surveys are available in our surveys section.

We hope this data helps 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 pay transparency and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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, December 19, and results will be made available in the first quarter of 2023 to everyone, for free, in the Write the Docs surveys section.

What else
do I need
to know?

The survey contains around 30 questions broken up into thematic sections. It should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.

All responses are completely anonymous. In the interests of obtaining accurate and useful data for comparisons, all 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. We are also very careful not to publish any personally identifiable information, given the small size of the community, and with this in mind we encourage everyone to answer as fully as possible.

As with last year, we’ve split the survey into two versions: one for employees (currently employed or not), and one for independent contractors, freelancers and self-employed people (currently working or not). Apart from the salary/rate section, the questions are the same for both survey forms and the results will be combined.

New this year: after completing the survey you’ll be asked if you would like to leave any comments or feedback in a separate form, not linked to your survey submission. This is optional but helps us to make future surveys better.

Let’s go!