Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-3042 Technical Writers

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,990 1.8 % $31.85 $66,240 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.86 $23.06 $30.42 $39.00 $48.51
Annual Wage (2) $37,160 $47,970 $63,280 $81,110 $100,910


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,310 0.58 $32.79 $68,200
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,350 0.34 $32.40 $67,400
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,300 0.26 $31.13 $64,750
Software Publishers 2,550 1.01 $36.45 $75,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,900 0.31 $31.80 $66,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 760 1.68 $37.08 $77,130
Software Publishers 2,550 1.01 $36.45 $75,810
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,310 0.58 $32.79 $68,200
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 810 0.52 $39.88 $82,960
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 490 0.44 $33.38 $69,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 50 0.03 $40.74 $84,730
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 810 0.52 $39.88 $82,960
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $37.66 $78,330
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 760 1.68 $37.08 $77,130
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.06 $36.85 $76,650


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,820 0.42 1.20 $39.77 $82,730
Texas 3,340 0.33 0.96 $29.13 $60,600
Virginia 2,850 0.81 2.33 $36.84 $76,620
Massachusetts 2,010 0.64 1.86 $39.07 $81,270
Maryland 1,920 0.78 2.25 $32.83 $68,290




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 980 1.53 4.42 $30.24 $62,890
Virginia 2,850 0.81 2.33 $36.84 $76,620
Maryland 1,920 0.78 2.25 $32.83 $68,290
Massachusetts 2,010 0.64 1.86 $39.07 $81,270
Washington 1,580 0.59 1.69 $37.91 $78,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,820 0.42 1.20 $39.77 $82,730
Massachusetts 2,010 0.64 1.86 $39.07 $81,270
Washington 1,580 0.59 1.69 $37.91 $78,850
Virginia 2,850 0.81 2.33 $36.84 $76,620
New Hampshire 170 0.28 0.82 $36.20 $75,290

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,310 1.45 4.18 $35.73 $74,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.31 0.88 $34.28 $71,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,340 1.56 4.50 $46.59 $96,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,290 0.78 2.24 $39.68 $82,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.90 2.61 $39.91 $83,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.30 0.85 $42.79 $89,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 890 0.41 1.17 $32.74 $68,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 890 0.45 1.29 $32.48 $67,570
Baltimore-Towson, MD 810 0.65 1.88 $32.61 $67,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.47 1.35 $31.40 $65,320




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 320 2.09 6.04 $38.92 $80,960
Warner Robins, GA 120 2.06 5.95 $23.67 $49,230
Huntsville, AL 400 1.97 5.68 $27.56 $57,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,340 1.56 4.50 $46.59 $96,900
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 120 1.55 4.47 $25.55 $53,150
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 200 1.54 4.44 $27.99 $58,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,310 1.45 4.18 $35.73 $74,320
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.42 4.10 $39.37 $81,890
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 710 1.29 3.73 $33.97 $70,670
Dubuque, IA 60 1.19 3.45 $22.49 $46,770




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,340 1.56 4.50 $46.59 $96,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.30 0.85 $42.79 $89,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.90 2.61 $39.91 $83,000
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.31 0.89 $39.82 $82,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,290 0.78 2.24 $39.68 $82,540
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.39 1.14 $39.63 $82,420
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.42 4.10 $39.37 $81,890
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 80 0.60 1.74 $39.15 $81,440
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 320 2.09 6.04 $38.92 $80,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 40 0.39 1.13 $38.39 $79,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 100 2.47 7.13 $29.46 $61,280
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 0.85 $22.83 $47,500
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.16 0.46 $20.71 $43,070
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 0.67 $19.86 $41,320
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.61 $22.83 $47,490

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 100 2.47 7.13 $29.46 $61,280
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.94 2.73 $29.58 $61,520
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 1.97 $40.75 $84,760
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 0.85 $22.83 $47,500
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 0.75 $21.01 $43,690

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 1.97 $40.75 $84,760
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.91 $62,220
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.94 2.73 $29.58 $61,520
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 100 2.47 7.13 $29.46 $61,280
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.50 $28.00 $58,250


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011