A Technical Writer in San Jose, California earns an average salary of $71,469 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Adobe FrameMaker, HTML, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$37,500 - $106,187
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$38K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,468
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$20.43 - $63.62
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$32
$64
MEDIAN: $31.00
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Local Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,500 - $106,187  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$41,110 - $113,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $63.62  
   
Overtime
$45.78  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,110 - $113,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Experience Affects Technical Writer Salaries


Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Technical Writer Salaries

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 27%

HTML
up arrow 23%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 17%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 7%

Editing
up arrow 4%

FrameMaker
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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