Cherryleaf/HyperWrite Survey Results
During March and April 2003, Cherryleaf,
in conjunction with HyperWrite, carried out a survey into the current trends in
technical communication. Thank you if you participated. We have been analysing
the findings, and here is a summary of the results.
Professional Body Membership
80% of respondents belonged to a technical communicators professional body.
Areas for Skills Improvement
In this question, respondents identified which areas they wanted to improve
their skills in, ranking by low desire to high desire.
Size of Teams
Respondents were asked to indicate how many technical communicators they
worked with, categorised by employment type (permanent and contract).
As respondents came from many countries with varying currencies and buying
power, we have attempted to compile the European results into a British Pound (GBP)
equivalent. (Salary figures were supplied in either Euros or British Pounds.)
The average salary for European respondents was GBP33,560, and the range
extended from GBP15,200 to GBP70,000. The graph below shows the distribution of
European salary figures.
Respondents outside Europe were asked to quote their salary in Australian
Dollars or US Dollars. The quoted figures were standardised into Australian
Dollars, although this method is not entirely reliable due to the different
buying power of currencies. Nevertheless, the figures showed that outside
Europe, the average salary was AUD83,794, with a range from AUD45,000 to
AUD140,000. If only raw AUD figures were used, the average salary became
AUD69,000, with a range from AUD45,000 to AUD100,000. The graph below shows the
distribution of non-European respondents.