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 among California metropolitan areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$53,410|
|25th Percentile Wage||$67,100|
|50th Percentile Wage||$86,470|
|75th Percentile Wage||$113,420|
|90th Percentile Wage||$137,660|
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 $137,660. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $86,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,410.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $67,070 to $110,330. The highest paying area for technical writers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $110,330. 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 Stockton with a median annual salary of $67,070.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |