Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
49,780 1.8 % $35.18 $73,160 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.05 $25.96 $33.58 $43.14 $53.49
Annual Wage (2) $41,700 $53,990 $69,850 $89,730 $111,260


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 9,410 0.48 $36.67 $76,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,200 0.32 $36.20 $75,290
Employment Services 3,870 0.11 $35.98 $74,840
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,070 0.22 $34.38 $71,520
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,400 0.64 $30.65 $63,750

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 450 0.84 $34.87 $72,520
Software Publishers 2,210 0.65 $38.36 $79,790
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,400 0.64 $30.65 $63,750
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 100 0.64 $33.04 $68,730
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 9,410 0.48 $36.67 $76,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 40 0.17 $45.70 $95,060
Specialized Design Services 90 0.07 $41.77 $86,890
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 600 0.36 $41.66 $86,660
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 90 0.16 $41.29 $85,890
Social Advocacy Organizations 120 0.06 $40.14 $83,490


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 6,590 0.41 1.16 $41.60 $86,530
Texas 3,930 0.33 0.94 $35.05 $72,890
Massachusetts 2,700 0.78 2.20 $40.66 $84,580
Virginia 2,590 0.69 1.94 $37.81 $78,650
New York 2,390 0.26 0.74 $37.39 $77,770




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 800 1.14 3.21 $40.30 $83,820
Massachusetts 2,700 0.78 2.20 $40.66 $84,580
Maryland 1,980 0.75 2.11 $37.51 $78,010
Virginia 2,590 0.69 1.94 $37.81 $78,650
Colorado 1,270 0.51 1.43 $35.83 $74,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,590 0.41 1.16 $41.60 $86,530
Massachusetts 2,700 0.78 2.20 $40.66 $84,580
District of Columbia 800 1.14 3.21 $40.30 $83,820
Connecticut 690 0.41 1.17 $40.28 $83,790
New Mexico 300 0.38 1.07 $39.79 $82,760





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 2,730 1.10 3.09 $39.51 $82,180
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,410 0.37 1.03 $39.70 $82,580
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,640 0.91 2.56 $39.89 $82,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.31 0.88 $38.72 $80,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.54 1.52 $37.45 $77,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,160 1.11 3.12 $50.38 $104,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 970 0.51 1.43 $32.56 $67,730
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.27 0.75 $31.88 $66,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 950 0.32 0.91 $37.43 $77,860
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 880 0.66 1.85 $36.60 $76,140




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)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 270 2.58 7.26 $28.31 $58,880
California-Lexington Park, MD 110 2.41 6.79 $34.19 $71,120
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 370 2.09 5.90 $44.90 $93,400
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 290 1.91 5.40 $45.74 $95,140
Huntsville, AL 400 1.81 5.11 $32.78 $68,180
Boulder, CO 240 1.36 3.83 $39.87 $82,930
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 760 1.30 3.68 $39.69 $82,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,160 1.11 3.12 $50.38 $104,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.10 3.09 $39.51 $82,180
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 140 1.09 3.08 $46.79 $97,320




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 1,160 1.11 3.12 $50.38 $104,780
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 140 1.09 3.08 $46.79 $97,320
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 290 1.91 5.40 $45.74 $95,140
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 370 2.09 5.90 $44.90 $93,400
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 70 0.56 1.57 $44.82 $93,230
Raleigh, NC 590 0.99 2.78 $44.08 $91,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 0.48 1.36 $42.39 $88,160
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.76 2.15 $42.06 $87,490
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.25 0.70 $41.68 $86,690
Worcester, MA-CT 100 0.35 0.98 $41.64 $86,600

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.84 $24.32 $50,570
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.93 $28.52 $59,330
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 2.18 (8) (8)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.60 $23.64 $49,180
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 1.00 $31.37 $65,240

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 2.23 6.29 $43.46 $90,400
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 2.18 (8) (8)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 1.93 $30.28 $62,990
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 1.00 $31.37 $65,240
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.93 $28.52 $59,330

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 2.23 6.29 $43.46 $90,400
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 1.00 $31.37 $65,240
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 1.93 $30.28 $62,990
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.93 $28.52 $59,330
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.54 $27.85 $57,920


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017