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Highest Paying Cities for Technical Writers

The top 100 highest paying cities for technical writers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of technical writers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $110,330, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California is the highest paying city for technical writers. It is followed by Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire (average annual salary $108,000). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of technical writers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Technical Writers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$110,330
1,560
2 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$108,000
260
3 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$100,710
30
4 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$92,150
n/a
5 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$92,040
50
6 Nashua, New Hampshire
$91,810
60
7 Los Alamos County, New Mexico
$91,430
40
8 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$90,270
560
9 Framingham, Massachusetts
$89,400
380
10 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$88,200
130
11 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$87,990
140
12 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$86,920
2,200
13 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$86,890
40
14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$84,990
180
15 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$84,870
1,110
16 Savannah, Georgia
$84,800
100
17 Worcester, Massachusetts
$84,200
110
18 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
$84,180
110
19 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$83,350
1,230
20 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$83,130
710
21 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$82,740
60
22 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$82,720
1,070
23 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$82,650
1,730
24 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$82,600
1,420
25 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$82,520
660
26 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$82,280
30
27 Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, New Hampshire
$82,230
30
28 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$81,370
70
29 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$81,160
910
30 Boulder, Colorado
$81,150
200
31 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$81,060
2,840
32 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$81,020
930
33 El Paso, Texas
$80,460
70
34 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$80,140
520
35 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$80,080
500
36 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$79,870
3,760
37 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$79,620
500
38 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida
$79,570
60
39 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$79,290
210
40 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$79,060
490
41 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$78,690
2,620
42 Jacksonville, Florida
$78,420
160
43 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$78,370
50
44 Syracuse, New York
$78,270
70
45 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$78,060
380
46 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$77,890
910
47 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$77,810
3,390
48 New Haven, Connecticut
$77,500
70
49 Charlottesville, Virginia
$77,120
80
50 Columbus, Georgia
$77,040
70
51 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$76,800
30
52 Florence, South Carolina
$76,560
30
53 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$76,520
210
54 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, USA
$76,390
80
55 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$76,270
910
56 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$76,140
610
57 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$76,040
970
58 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$75,760
600
59 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$75,710
430
60 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$75,660
150
61 California-Lexington Park, USA
$75,470
120
62 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$75,350
700
63 Rochester, Minnesota
$74,720
30
64 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$74,270
450
65 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$74,240
1,430
66 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$74,220
910
67 Wilmington, New Jersey
$74,120
100
68 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$73,640
230
69 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$73,530
70
70 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$73,500
1,040
71 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$73,350
260
72 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$73,000
2,050
73 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$72,950
1,760
74 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa
$72,870
60
75 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$72,810
370
76 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$72,610
930
77 San Rafael, USA
$72,320
30
78 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$71,690
220
79 St Marys County, Maryland
$71,680
90
80 Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina
$71,640
120
81 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$71,180
810
82 Rocky Mount, North Carolina
$71,140
30
83 Fresno, California
$70,860
30
84 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$70,770
250
85 Wilmington, North Carolina
$70,470
30
86 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$70,070
80
87 Memphis, Tennessee
$69,260
90
88 Canton-Massillon, Ohio
$69,170
40
89 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$69,160
40
90 Bloomington, USA
$68,910
40
91 Idaho Falls, Idaho
$68,720
80
92 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$68,670
170
93 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$68,670
120
94 Bellingham, Washington
$68,380
40
95 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$68,220
400
96 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$68,110
330
97 Huntsville, Alabama
$67,990
420
98 Lynchburg, Virginia
$67,750
30
99 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$67,600
1,220
100 Reading, Pennsylvania
$67,530
40
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