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Technical Writers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for technical writers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of technical writers amongst California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Technical Writers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,960
25th Percentile Wage
$64,550
50th Percentile Wage
$83,400
75th Percentile Wage
$108,600
90th Percentile Wage
$127,760

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for technical writers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $127,760. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $83,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,960.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.46
25th Percentile Wage
$31.03
50th Percentile Wage
$40.10
75th Percentile Wage
$52.21
90th Percentile Wage
$61.42

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for technical writers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $61.42. The median hourly salary is $40.10. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.46.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201683,400-2.88%6.71%
201585,8004.59%-
201481,8601.40%-
201380,7103.61%-
201277,800--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Technical Writers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of technical writers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of technical writers in state of California ranges from $63,710 to $109,330. The highest paying area for technical writers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $109,330. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles (mean annual salary $100,710). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $63,710.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$109,330
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$100,710
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$91,830
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$89,800
Vallejo-Fairfield
$86,890
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$86,680
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$81,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$81,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,720
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$81,370
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$80,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$77,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$76,140
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$76,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$73,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$70,780
Bakersfield-Delano
$63,710


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