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Technical Writers in California

Considering a career as a Technical Writer in California?

16.2% Jobs Projection
$87,260 Median Salary
790 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Technical Writers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Technical Writers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Technical Writers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Technical Writers Work in California?

In California, there were 6,240 people working as Technical Writers in the year 2018.

There were 6,340 Technical Writers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 100 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 660 Technical Writers working in it, which means California has more Technical Writers than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Technical Writers in this state are growing at a rate of 16.2% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 10.9%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 790 annual Technical Writers job openings in California, and 7,900 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 5,700 annual jobs and 58,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Technical Writers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Technical Writers ranged from $53,410 to $140,480 with $87,260 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $25.68 to $67.54. The median hourly rate was $41.95.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $41.57 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.38.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Technical Writers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Technical Writers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,630 $85,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,570 $113,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,090 $91,390
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 950 $68,250
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 210 $67,040
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 170 $79,800
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 $90,870
Bakersfield, CA 70 $64,050
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 $83,240
Santa Rosa, CA 50 $89,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 40 n/a
Fresno, CA 40 $67,100

Top States for Technical Writers Employment

View the list below to see where most Technical Writers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 6,240 $87,260
Texas 4,550 $71,020
Virginia 2,840 $80,230
Florida 2,740 $61,810
New York 2,460 $72,360
Massachusetts 2,420 $84,340
Maryland 2,000 $78,280
Ohio 1,830 $61,870
New Jersey 1,830 $80,230
Pennsylvania 1,810 $68,900
Illinois 1,460 $67,550
Michigan 1,450 $66,510
North Carolina 1,390 $73,740
Minnesota 1,290 $63,710
Colorado 1,240 $76,830
Washington 1,180 $85,520
Georgia 1,180 $74,130
Missouri 980 $56,250
Wisconsin 760 $58,460
Utah 750 $64,650

Below are the states where Technical Writers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $87,260
Washington $85,520
Massachusetts $84,340
District of Columbia $84,270
Virginia $80,230
New Jersey $80,230
Maryland $78,280
Connecticut $78,250
Colorado $76,830
Georgia $74,130

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