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Technical Writers Salary Information in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California

The annual and hourly salary statistics of technical writers in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The wage information of technical writers in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta is 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 & Table 2. Annual & Hourly Salaries of Technical Writers in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,990
25th Percentile Wage
$57,730
50th Percentile Wage
$81,370
75th Percentile Wage
$100,560
90th Percentile Wage
$136,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for technical writers in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $136,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $81,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent earners is $40,990.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.71
25th Percentile Wage
$27.76
50th Percentile Wage
$39.11
75th Percentile Wage
$48.35
90th Percentile Wage
$65.45

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for technical writers in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $65.45. The median hourly salary is $39.11. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.71.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of technical writers from 2012 to 2016. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth2-Year Growth
201481,3707.69%7.69%
201275,110--

Table 3. Compare Technical Writers Salary in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta with Other California Cities

From Table 3 we note that the median annual salary of $81,370 in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta is in the middle of salary range for technical writers in state of California. In comparison, the annual salary of technical writers in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta is 25.6 percent (25.6%) lower than that in the highest paying San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara and 21.7 percent (21.7%) higher than that in the lowest paying Bakersfield-Delano.

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

See also: Top paying jobs in Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California.