|Quick Facts: Technical Writers|
$74,650 per year
$35.89 per hour
|Less than 5 years|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|12% (Faster than average)|
Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.
Most technical writers work full time. Although technical writers work in a variety of industries, they are concentrated in the computer and management, scientific, and technical industries.
A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, knowledge of or experience with a technical subject, such as science or engineering, is beneficial.
The median annual wage for technical writers was $74,650 in May 2020.
Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 5,500 openings for technical writers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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