Published in the October issue of STC Tieline

STC’s 2007 Salary Database, which contains salary information for 2006 and 2007, is now available on the STC website.

STC’s Salary Database enables members to conduct more powerful job searches, make a strong case for a raise, or prepare department payroll budgets. And this year, the entire Salary Database, as well as the archives of salary information, including the 2006 Salary Database, is free to all members.

The information in the Salary Database was compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), which provided data collected at a much larger scope and greater level of detail than past STC salary surveys.

Here are some of the most significant benefits of the 2007 Salary Database:

The accrued data is based on duties, responsibilities, and job functions, as opposed to just titles, thereby providing a more effective basis for comparison.

The data includes information on both annual and hourly salaries and wages, and are thus useful for full-time employees as well as consultants and contracted employees.

The BLS data are also conveniently broken down into percentiles that represent a realistic income for technical writers at varying stages of their careers.

Because the BLS data come from company Human Resource departments, the data are considered more reliable than survey data collected from employees, specifically because employees often tend to inflate their income.

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