How Much do Technical Writers Make?

Do technical writers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for technical writers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, technical writers in the United States earn an average of $76,860 a year, equivalent to $36.95 an hour. Technical writers make 44% more than the average American worker.

Technical writers in California are the best paid, making $93,830 a year, while technical writers in South Dakota make the least at $50,390.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Technical Writer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $56.37 $117,250
75th $44.99 $93,590
50th $35.03 $72,850
25th $27.20 $56,570
10th $21.31 $44,320
Technical Writer Wages by State

In what states do technical writers make the most? In what states do technical writers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $33.72 $70,140
Alaska $34.92 $72,630
Arizona $35.29 $73,400
Arkansas $30.22 $62,870
California $45.11 $93,830
Colorado $38.16 $79,370
Connecticut $39.57 $82,300
Delaware $36.55 $76,030
Florida $30.03 $62,470
Georgia $36.46 $75,830
Hawaii $30.28 $62,980
Idaho $31.03 $64,540
Illinois $33.78 $70,270
Indiana $29.81 $62,000
Iowa $28.34 $58,950
Kansas $30.80 $64,070
Kentucky $36.42 $75,750
Louisiana $34.03 $70,790
Maine $31.64 $65,810
Maryland $40.32 $83,860
Massachusetts $44.40 $92,350
Michigan $33.26 $69,180
Minnesota $33.22 $69,100
Missouri $30.23 $62,870
Montana $30.06 $62,530
Nebraska $30.42 $63,270
Nevada $33.88 $70,480
New Hampshire $38.78 $80,670
New Jersey $39.82 $82,830
New Mexico $34.06 $70,840
New York $37.59 $78,190
North Carolina $37.31 $77,600
North Dakota $34.39 $71,530
Ohio $30.95 $64,380
Oklahoma $29.58 $61,520
Oregon $34.27 $71,270
Pennsylvania $35.43 $73,690
Rhode Island $33.28 $69,220
South Carolina $32.79 $68,210
South Dakota $24.22 $50,390
Tennessee $30.61 $63,670
Texas $34.46 $71,680
Utah $31.71 $65,960
Vermont $40.61 $84,460
Virginia $41.09 $85,470
Washington $41.58 $86,490
Wisconsin $30.30 $63,020
Wyoming $30.84 $64,150
Metro Areas Where Technical Writers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $54.11 $112,550
San Francisco, CA $49.28 $102,500
Boulder, CO $48.32 $100,500
Oxnard, CA $46.33 $96,370
Boston, MA $45.12 $93,860
Kennewick, WA $44.33 $92,200
Trenton, NJ $43.50 $90,470
Washington, DC $42.60 $88,600
Seattle, WA $42.33 $88,040
Santa Fe, NM $42.05 $87,470
Technical Writer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $36.95 $76,860
2018 $36.30 $75,500
2017 $35.79 $74,440
2016 $35.18 $73,160
2015 $35.26 $73,350
2014 $34.59 $71,950
2013 $33.80 $70,290
2012 $32.65 $67,910
2011 $32.35 $67,280