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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 $109,330, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California is the highest paying city for technical writers. It is followed by Norwich-New London, Rhode Island (average annual salary $108,980). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$109,330
1,160
2 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$108,980
140
3 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$101,600
290
4 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$100,710
40
5 Nashua, New Hampshire
$98,020
70
6 Framingham, Massachusetts
$92,440
370
7 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$91,830
40
8 Los Alamos County, New Mexico
$89,870
30
9 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$89,800
150
10 Worcester, Massachusetts
$88,260
100
11 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$86,890
40
12 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$86,680
50
13 Charlottesville, Virginia
$86,070
80
14 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$85,660
2,430
15 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$84,590
130
16 Savannah, Georgia
$83,710
100
17 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$83,350
1,230
18 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$83,130
710
19 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$82,740
60
20 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$82,250
590
21 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$81,950
760
22 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$81,900
810
23 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$81,860
1,640
24 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$81,720
1,620
25 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$81,370
70
26 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$80,950
860
27 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$80,950
880
28 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$80,900
730
29 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$80,650
250
30 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$80,270
3,490
31 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
$80,020
100
32 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$79,620
500
33 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$79,290
2,730
34 Boulder, Colorado
$79,010
240
35 Jacksonville, Florida
$78,420
160
36 New Haven, Connecticut
$77,320
80
37 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$77,210
1,310
38 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$77,110
40
39 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$77,050
190
40 Syracuse, New York
$76,790
70
41 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$76,140
610
42 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$76,090
3,210
43 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$76,090
230
44 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$75,430
880
45 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$74,990
560
46 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$74,820
480
47 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$74,760
170
48 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$74,420
180
49 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$74,400
70
50 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$74,030
290
51 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$74,000
1,310
52 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$73,350
50
53 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$73,150
1,020
54 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$73,000
2,050
55 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$72,980
410
56 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$72,610
570
57 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$72,480
1,670
58 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$72,320
710
59 St Marys County, Maryland
$71,680
90
60 Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina
$71,400
90
61 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$71,050
300
62 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$71,030
950
63 Wilmington, New Jersey
$70,860
140
64 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$70,780
220
65 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$70,580
180
66 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$70,560
800
67 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$70,530
190
68 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$70,430
70
69 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$70,000
120
70 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$69,530
320
71 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$68,690
110
72 St Louis, Missouri
$68,360
580
73 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
$67,640
70
74 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$67,250
50
75 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$67,230
40
76 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$67,190
1,360
77 Salt Lake City, Utah
$67,010
330
78 Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
$66,880
120
79 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$66,680
960
80 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
$66,480
90
81 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$66,210
440
82 Huntsville, Alabama
$66,150
400
83 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$66,070
380
84 State College, Pennsylvania
$65,850
30
85 Richmond, Virginia
$65,770
200
86 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$65,730
360
87 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$65,670
100
88 Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$65,600
40
89 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$65,260
80
90 Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, Florida
$65,050
30
91 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$64,790
770
92 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$64,780
970
93 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$64,700
40
94 Warner Robins, Georgia
$64,550
40
95 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$64,470
470
96 East Idaho nonmetropolitan area, Idaho
$64,010
30
97 Binghamton, New York
$63,880
40
98 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$63,710
60
99 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$63,710
400
100 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$63,650
220
See also: Highest paying industries for technical writers.