Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
49,960 1.9 % $35.79 $74,440 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.39 $26.34 $34.10 $43.77 $54.71
Annual Wage (2) $42,410 $54,780 $70,930 $91,050 $113,810


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 9,270 0.46 $36.94 $76,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,060 0.30 $36.77 $76,480
Employment Services 3,710 0.10 $36.48 $75,890
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,010 0.21 $34.63 $72,030
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,350 0.66 $32.46 $67,520

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 590 1.15 $34.52 $71,810
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,350 0.66 $32.46 $67,520
Software Publishers 2,200 0.60 $39.75 $82,680
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 9,270 0.46 $36.94 $76,840
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 310 0.45 $33.17 $69,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations (8) (8) $45.40 $94,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $44.23 $92,010
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 40 0.07 $41.70 $86,730
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 350 0.07 $40.35 $83,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,040 0.05 $40.29 $83,790


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 6,340 0.38 1.08 $43.65 $90,780
Texas 4,360 0.37 1.05 $35.08 $72,970
Virginia 2,840 0.75 2.14 $38.84 $80,790
Massachusetts 2,450 0.69 1.98 $41.41 $86,130
New York 2,390 0.26 0.74 $37.42 $77,830




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 700 0.99 2.82 $40.56 $84,370
Maryland 2,180 0.82 2.33 $37.63 $78,260
Virginia 2,840 0.75 2.14 $38.84 $80,790
Massachusetts 2,450 0.69 1.98 $41.41 $86,130
Vermont 160 0.52 1.49 $32.57 $67,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,340 0.38 1.08 $43.65 $90,780
Massachusetts 2,450 0.69 1.98 $41.41 $86,130
District of Columbia 700 0.99 2.82 $40.56 $84,370
New Jersey 1,980 0.49 1.41 $40.02 $83,240
Washington 1,240 0.39 1.11 $39.33 $81,810



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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 2,840 1.13 3.22 $40.85 $84,980
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,620 0.39 1.12 $40.18 $83,570
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,560 1.44 4.10 $51.68 $107,490
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.57 1.64 $36.59 $76,110
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,420 0.77 2.21 $40.89 $85,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.24 0.69 $42.76 $88,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,040 0.35 1.01 $37.42 $77,830
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 970 0.67 1.92 $39.17 $81,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 930 0.35 1.01 $34.75 $72,280
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 910 1.56 4.46 $38.01 $79,060


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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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 120 2.65 7.55 $36.90 $76,750
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 380 2.18 6.23 $43.51 $90,500
Huntsville, AL 420 1.89 5.41 $33.78 $70,260
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 260 1.69 4.82 $49.63 $103,230
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 180 1.65 4.70 $28.94 $60,180
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 910 1.56 4.46 $38.01 $79,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,560 1.44 4.10 $51.68 $107,490
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 380 1.27 3.61 $39.78 $82,740
Idaho Falls, ID 80 1.18 3.36 $32.60 $67,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,840 1.13 3.22 $40.85 $84,980


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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 1,560 1.44 4.10 $51.68 $107,490
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 260 1.69 4.82 $49.63 $103,230
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.50 1.44 $45.23 $94,070
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 130 0.43 1.22 $44.63 $92,830
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 380 2.18 6.23 $43.51 $90,500
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.26 0.74 $42.87 $89,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.24 0.69 $42.76 $88,950
Trenton, NJ 140 0.60 1.72 $42.46 $88,320
Boulder, CO 200 1.11 3.18 $42.46 $88,320
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 60 0.48 1.37 $42.41 $88,210

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 3.53 $23.90 $49,710
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 0.91 $22.77 $47,370
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.60 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 0.65 $26.91 $55,980
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.61 $26.31 $54,720

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 40 2.32 6.61 $44.21 $91,970
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 3.53 $23.90 $49,710
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 2.15 $32.35 $67,280
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.32 $32.63 $67,860
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 0.91 $22.77 $47,370

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 40 2.32 6.61 $44.21 $91,970
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.32 $32.63 $67,860
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 2.15 $32.35 $67,280
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.53 $28.08 $58,410
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 0.65 $26.91 $55,980


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018