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Highest Paying States for Technical Writers

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $83,890, Massachusetts is the highest paying state for technical writers. It is followed by California (average annual salary $83,400). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Technical Writers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Massachusetts
$83,890
$54,780 2,700
2 California
$83,400
$52,960 6,590
3 District of Columbia
$83,200
$56,990 800
4 Connecticut
$81,720
$50,340 690
5 Maryland
$77,770
$44,730 1,980
6 Washington
$77,720
$50,620 1,190
7 New Jersey
$75,870
$39,370 1,860
8 Rhode Island
$74,820
$47,240 170
9 Virginia
$74,600
$49,290 2,590
10 North Carolina
$74,350
$47,180 1,570
11 Oregon
$73,100
$36,120 600
12 Georgia
$72,860
$45,320 990
13 New York
$72,200
$43,400 2,390
14 Colorado
$72,020
$48,600 1,270
15 New Mexico
$71,350
$43,890 300
16 New Hampshire
$70,280
$46,060 220
17 Delaware
$69,500
$41,530 140
18 Texas
$68,460
$41,520 3,930
19 Michigan
$66,680
$41,210 1,000
20 Illinois
$66,560
$37,650 1,680
21 Pennsylvania
$66,520
$40,830 1,600
22 Alaska
$65,710
$47,850 70
23 Minnesota
$64,700
$37,760 1,200
24 South Carolina
$64,450
$36,540 480
25 Nevada
$64,430
$42,450 220
26 Arizona
$64,350
$43,400 970
27 Utah
$63,620
$40,670 680
28 Alabama
$62,340
$41,560 660
29 Florida
$61,540
$39,320 2,250
30 Missouri
$61,080
$35,310 1,030
31 Ohio
$60,800
$40,250 1,730
32 Louisiana
$60,520
$27,820 220
33 Kentucky
$60,260
$41,080 290
34 Kansas
$58,370
$35,250 540
35 Indiana
$57,120
$35,020 730
36 Mississippi
$57,120
$38,780 90
37 Wisconsin
$56,790
$38,450 1,120
38 Nebraska
$56,070
$34,690 300
39 Vermont
$55,470
$40,630 120
40 Idaho
$54,970
$33,320 210
41 Tennessee
$54,700
$33,550 670
42 Maine
$53,250
$38,460 100
43 West Virginia
$51,660
$30,590 120
44 North Dakota
$51,500
$34,650 70
45 Oklahoma
$51,470
$31,130 720
46 Iowa
$51,160
$33,840 500
47 Montana
$49,510
$30,630 70
48 Arkansas
$48,140
$31,070 170
49 South Dakota
$46,120
$32,470 100
50 Hawaii
$45,620
$21,950 70
51 Puerto Rico
$35,130
$21,430 150
See also: Highest paying industries for technical writers, Top Paying Jobs in America.