Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
50,350 1.9 % $36.30 $75,500 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.73 $26.68 $34.54 $44.27 $55.26
Annual Wage (2) $43,110 $55,500 $71,850 $92,070 $114,930


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 8,860 0.42 $37.80 $78,630
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,920 0.27 $36.05 $74,990
Employment Services 3,910 0.11 $37.53 $78,070
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,190 0.22 $35.31 $73,450
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,310 0.34 $38.15 $79,360

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 470 0.90 $33.58 $69,850
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,120 0.64 $33.24 $69,150
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,010 0.64 $50.36 $104,740
Software Publishers 2,080 0.53 $40.90 $85,080
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,860 0.42 $37.80 $78,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,010 0.64 $50.36 $104,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 0.06 $45.03 $93,660
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 80 0.02 $43.86 $91,220
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 200 0.02 $42.66 $88,740
Legal Services 130 0.01 $42.11 $87,590


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 6,240 0.37 1.06 $43.90 $91,310
Texas 4,550 0.38 1.08 $36.06 $75,000
Virginia 2,840 0.74 2.13 $41.08 $85,450
Florida 2,740 0.32 0.91 $30.15 $62,710
New York 2,460 0.26 0.75 $36.72 $76,380




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 660 0.92 2.64 $41.40 $86,120
Maryland 2,000 0.75 2.15 $38.52 $80,130
Virginia 2,840 0.74 2.13 $41.08 $85,450
Massachusetts 2,420 0.68 1.95 $43.09 $89,630
Rhode Island 290 0.61 1.74 $32.31 $67,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,240 0.37 1.06 $43.90 $91,310
Massachusetts 2,420 0.68 1.95 $43.09 $89,630
Washington 1,180 0.36 1.04 $41.57 $86,470
District of Columbia 660 0.92 2.64 $41.40 $86,120
Virginia 2,840 0.74 2.13 $41.08 $85,450





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 3,590 1.15 3.29 $42.09 $87,550
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,230 0.34 0.98 $39.43 $82,020
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,200 0.80 2.29 $44.17 $91,870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,850 0.52 1.49 $39.87 $82,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,630 0.27 0.77 $42.17 $87,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,570 1.40 4.02 $52.96 $110,160
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,100 0.24 0.68 $33.88 $70,460
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,100 0.38 1.11 $37.14 $77,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,090 0.45 1.30 $45.15 $93,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,070 0.36 1.03 $35.49 $73,820




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 110 2.43 6.97 $38.71 $80,520
Huntsville, AL 390 1.73 4.98 $35.05 $72,900
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 200 1.71 4.92 $36.28 $75,460
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,570 1.40 4.02 $52.96 $110,160
Idaho Falls, ID 80 1.27 3.65 $33.83 $70,360
Jefferson City, MO 90 1.26 3.62 $18.56 $38,610
Logan, UT-ID 70 1.22 3.50 $27.60 $57,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,590 1.15 3.29 $42.09 $87,550
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 350 1.13 3.24 $39.63 $82,420
Kennewick-Richland, WA 110 1.01 2.89 $42.57 $88,540




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 1,570 1.40 4.02 $52.96 $110,160
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 0.48 1.37 $46.80 $97,340
Boulder, CO 180 0.97 2.78 $45.70 $95,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,090 0.45 1.30 $45.15 $93,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,200 0.80 2.29 $44.17 $91,870
Kennewick-Richland, WA 110 1.01 2.89 $42.57 $88,540
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 830 0.42 1.20 $42.52 $88,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,630 0.27 0.77 $42.17 $87,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,590 1.15 3.29 $42.09 $87,550
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.25 0.73 $41.83 $87,000

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.23 0.65 $27.35 $56,880
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.58 $28.08 $58,400
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.61 $39.21 $81,550
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.67 $24.30 $50,530
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.68 $27.27 $56,730

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.61 $39.21 $81,550
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 0.99 $32.66 $67,940
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.77 $24.96 $51,920
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 0.75 $23.82 $49,550
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.68 $27.27 $56,730

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.61 $39.21 $81,550
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.53 $34.11 $70,940
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 0.99 $32.66 $67,940
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.40 $28.70 $59,690
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.58 $28.08 $58,400


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019