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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 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 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$86,470
3.55% 10.03%
2016
$83,400
-2.88% -
2015
$85,800
4.59% -
2014
$81,860
1.40% -
2013
$80,710
3.61% -
2012
$77,800
- -

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 $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
$110,330
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$100,710
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$92,040
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$90,270
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$88,200
Vallejo-Fairfield
$86,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$84,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$82,720
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$82,280
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$81,370
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$80,140
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$76,520
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$76,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$76,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$73,000
Fresno
$70,860
Bakersfield-Delano
$69,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$68,670
Stockton
$67,070




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