Average Technical Writer Salary in San Francisco, California

$81,826
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$7,178
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The average salary for a Technical Writer in San Francisco, California is $81,826.
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$62k
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$82k
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$115k
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What Do Technical Writers Do?

Technical Writer Tasks
  • Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.
  • Assist in layout work.
  • Gather and research information for use in technical documentation.

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What Are Popular Skills for Technical Writers?

Skills in Editing and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include eXtensible Markup Language (XML), Microsoft Office and Writing Procedures & Documentation.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Technical Writers?

An entry-level Technical Writer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $68,765 based on 5 salaries. An early career Technical Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $76,709 based on 47 salaries. A mid-career Technical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,351 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Technical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,470 based on 14 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $130,000.
Employees with .NET Software Developer / Programmer in these locations earn less than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (29.2% less), Austin, Texas (26.2% less) and Dallas, Texas (23.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 88 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.7%
Early Career
53.4%
Mid Career
15.9%
Experienced
15.9%
Late Career
9.1%