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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Technical Writers
Industry profile for Technical Writers
Geographic profile for Technical Writers

National estimates for Technical Writers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Technical Writers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
47,620 2.7 % $ 39.17 $ 81,470 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Technical Writers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.51 $ 29.73 $ 37.53 $ 47.52 $ 60.10
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,890 $ 61,830 $ 78,060 $ 98,840 $ 125,010


Industry profile for Technical Writers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Technical Writers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 7,250 0.32 $ 41.47 $ 86,260
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,640 0.30 $ 38.11 $ 79,270
Employment Services 3,610 0.10 $ 42.30 $ 87,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,160 0.40 $ 46.76 $ 97,260
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,980 0.20 $ 39.64 $ 82,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Technical Writers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 310 0.69 $ 41.82 $ 86,980
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,240 0.50 $ 30.72 $ 63,890
Software Publishers 2,140 0.41 $ 41.70 $ 86,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,160 0.40 $ 46.76 $ 97,260
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 540 0.35 $ 46.70 $ 97,130

Top paying industries for Technical Writers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 290 0.08 $ 53.94 $ 112,200
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 60 0.02 $ 49.83 $ 103,650
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 150 0.02 $ 47.10 $ 97,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,160 0.40 $ 46.76 $ 97,260
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 540 0.35 $ 46.70 $ 97,130


Geographic profile for Technical Writers:

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



Map of employment of technical writers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Technical Writers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,420 0.33 0.97 $ 48.43 $ 100,730
Texas 3,300 0.27 0.80 $ 36.85 $ 76,650
Virginia 2,840 0.76 2.24 $ 41.01 $ 85,290
Florida 2,610 0.30 0.90 $ 34.82 $ 72,420
Pennsylvania 2,270 0.41 1.20 $ 36.77 $ 76,480


Map of location quotient of technical writers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Technical Writers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 800 1.20 3.56 $ 43.81 $ 91,120
Colorado 2,250 0.86 2.54 $ 38.26 $ 79,570
Maryland 1,990 0.78 2.31 $ 42.10 $ 87,560
Virginia 2,840 0.76 2.24 $ 41.01 $ 85,290
Alaska 210 0.71 2.11 $ 29.69 $ 61,750


Map of annual mean wages of technical writers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Technical Writers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 110 0.25 0.74 $ 49.77 $ 103,520
California 5,420 0.33 0.97 $ 48.43 $ 100,730
Massachusetts 2,060 0.61 1.80 $ 46.85 $ 97,440
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $ 45.86 $ 95,390
District of Columbia 800 1.20 3.56 $ 43.81 $ 91,120



Map of employment of technical writers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Technical Writers:

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 3,310 1.13 3.34 $ 43.87 $ 91,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,110 0.24 0.72 $ 44.22 $ 91,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,860 0.72 2.12 $ 47.88 $ 99,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,820 0.32 0.94 $ 42.90 $ 89,220
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,700 1.16 3.43 $ 38.54 $ 80,150
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,260 0.30 0.88 $ 35.78 $ 74,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,110 0.42 1.24 $ 41.49 $ 86,300
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,070 0.56 1.65 $ 42.75 $ 88,930
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,060 0.29 0.87 $ 38.15 $ 79,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,030 0.56 1.67 $ 39.84 $ 82,870


Map of location quotient of technical writers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Technical Writers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 100 2.11 6.26 $ 41.64 $ 86,610
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 230 1.99 5.88 $ 36.46 $ 75,850
Huntsville, AL 320 1.39 4.11 $ 35.47 $ 73,770
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,700 1.16 3.43 $ 38.54 $ 80,150
Boulder, CO 210 1.15 3.41 $ 42.70 $ 88,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,310 1.13 3.34 $ 43.87 $ 91,250
Logan, UT-ID 60 0.92 2.72 $ 30.75 $ 63,950
Las Cruces, NM 60 0.87 2.56 $ 22.61 $ 47,020
Warner Robins, GA 60 0.84 2.47 $ 30.82 $ 64,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 880 0.83 2.44 $ 58.45 $ 121,580


Map of annual mean wages of technical writers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Technical Writers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 880 0.83 2.44 $ 58.45 $ 121,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,000 0.45 1.32 $ 55.22 $ 114,860
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 260 0.82 2.42 $ 48.12 $ 100,080
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 210 0.21 0.63 $ 47.93 $ 99,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,860 0.72 2.12 $ 47.88 $ 99,600
Trenton, NJ 160 0.72 2.14 $ 47.29 $ 98,360
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $ 46.95 $ 97,660
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 0.36 1.05 $ 46.70 $ 97,130
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.19 0.56 $ 45.30 $ 94,230
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.25 0.75 $ 45.26 $ 94,130

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Technical Writers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.89 2.62 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.41 $ 28.41 $ 59,100
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.98 2.90 $ 34.66 $ 72,090
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.64 $ 31.99 $ 66,540
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.67 $ 29.20 $ 60,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Technical Writers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.98 2.90 $ 34.66 $ 72,090
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.89 2.62 (8) (8)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 1.04 $ 29.01 $ 60,350
North Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.02 $ 32.91 $ 68,450
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.75 $ 32.18 $ 66,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Technical Writers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 55.68 $ 115,820
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.63 $ 37.41 $ 77,820
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.98 2.90 $ 34.66 $ 72,090
North Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.02 $ 32.91 $ 68,450
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.37 $ 32.73 $ 68,070


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022