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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 $86,470, California is the highest paying state for technical writers. It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $85,040). 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 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 California
$86,470
$53,410 6,340
2 District of Columbia
$85,040
$52,920 700
3 Massachusetts
$84,060
$54,800 2,450
4 New Jersey
$80,170
$48,480 1,980
5 Washington
$79,180
$52,190 1,240
6 Oregon
$78,690
$46,670 530
7 Maryland
$77,290
$45,250 2,180
8 Virginia
$75,940
$50,040 2,840
9 Connecticut
$75,730
$51,110 690
10 Delaware
$74,660
$44,840 90
11 Colorado
$74,340
$49,110 1,220
12 New York
$73,000
$43,370 2,390
13 Georgia
$72,920
$45,770 1,180
14 Alaska
$72,430
$52,280 70
15 North Carolina
$72,390
$46,160 1,480
16 New Mexico
$70,550
$39,360 370
17 Louisiana
$70,440
$24,230 180
18 Rhode Island
$70,170
$41,640 210
19 Texas
$69,930
$43,130 4,360
20 Maine
$67,600
$44,150 70
21 Illinois
$67,130
$40,880 1,520
22 New Hampshire
$67,100
$42,610 180
23 Pennsylvania
$66,780
$40,600 1,540
24 Arizona
$66,490
$43,000 820
25 Alabama
$65,230
$40,970 700
26 Nevada
$64,750
$42,990 250
27 Idaho
$64,230
$37,260 250
28 Michigan
$64,210
$37,660 1,280
29 Minnesota
$64,210
$38,540 1,030
30 South Carolina
$63,420
$36,330 530
31 Vermont
$63,160
$41,240 160
32 Florida
$63,030
$41,460 2,360
33 Utah
$62,430
$39,770 740
34 Ohio
$61,420
$38,470 1,770
35 Tennessee
$60,030
$39,540 480
36 Wisconsin
$58,860
$38,080 850
37 Kansas
$58,860
$35,810 550
38 Indiana
$58,410
$35,460 740
39 Kentucky
$58,090
$40,250 250
40 Mississippi
$58,060
$40,740 120
41 Missouri
$57,780
$34,870 1,120
42 Nebraska
$56,980
$35,870 300
43 Oklahoma
$54,790
$33,000 790
44 Wyoming
$54,510
$32,570 30
45 Iowa
$53,190
$34,070 470
46 North Dakota
$50,390
$34,370 100
47 Arkansas
$48,910
$36,400 180
48 Montana
$48,090
$32,160 60
49 South Dakota
$47,990
$31,230 100
50 Hawaii
$45,680
$21,790 70
51 West Virginia
$43,850
$32,120 90
52 Puerto Rico
$37,670
$22,060 110
See also: Highest paying industries for technical writers, Top Paying Jobs in America.