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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Technical Writers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
48,880 1.9 % $ 37.78 $ 78,590 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Technical Writers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 21.88 $ 27.86 $ 35.89 $ 46.01 $ 57.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 45,510 $ 57,960 $ 74,650 $ 95,690 $ 119,040


Industry profile for Technical Writers: Top

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 8,320 0.38 $ 39.17 $ 81,480
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,020 0.26 $ 36.89 $ 76,730
Employment Services 3,250 0.10 $ 40.15 $ 83,500
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,200 0.21 $ 37.25 $ 77,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,880 0.38 $ 42.58 $ 88,570

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 390 0.81 $ 35.08 $ 72,970
Software Publishers 2,170 0.44 $ 42.17 $ 87,720
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,160 0.42 $ 34.71 $ 72,200
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,320 0.38 $ 39.17 $ 81,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,880 0.38 $ 42.58 $ 88,570

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 270 0.07 $ 49.37 $ 102,680
Utility System Construction 50 0.01 $ 48.42 $ 100,710
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 350 0.22 $ 47.02 $ 97,790
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.01 $ 44.69 $ 92,960
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $ 44.55 $ 92,660


Geographic profile for Technical Writers: Top

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.





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 6,160 0.37 1.07 $ 45.75 $ 95,170
Texas 4,350 0.36 1.02 $ 35.08 $ 72,960
Florida 2,850 0.34 0.96 $ 30.12 $ 62,640
Virginia 2,580 0.70 1.99 $ 42.05 $ 87,470
New Jersey 2,280 0.60 1.72 $ 41.33 $ 85,970




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)
Maryland 1,950 0.77 2.20 $ 42.08 $ 87,520
District of Columbia 520 0.76 2.17 $ 43.38 $ 90,230
Virginia 2,580 0.70 1.99 $ 42.05 $ 87,470
New Mexico 540 0.69 1.97 $ 35.41 $ 73,650
Massachusetts 2,220 0.66 1.89 $ 44.85 $ 93,290




Top paying states for Technical Writers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,160 0.37 1.07 $ 45.75 $ 95,170
Massachusetts 2,220 0.66 1.89 $ 44.85 $ 93,290
District of Columbia 520 0.76 2.17 $ 43.38 $ 90,230
Maryland 1,950 0.77 2.20 $ 42.08 $ 87,520
Virginia 2,580 0.70 1.99 $ 42.05 $ 87,470





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 3,240 1.07 3.05 $ 43.40 $ 90,280
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,770 0.31 0.89 $ 42.35 $ 88,090
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,080 0.80 2.28 $ 45.74 $ 95,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,910 0.33 0.93 $ 40.99 $ 85,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,750 0.49 1.38 $ 38.64 $ 80,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,540 0.66 1.88 $ 53.38 $ 111,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,410 0.52 1.49 $ 39.69 $ 82,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,370 0.31 0.90 $ 36.54 $ 76,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,170 0.63 1.80 $ 34.03 $ 70,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,120 0.42 1.21 $ 37.77 $ 78,570




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)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 310 2.87 8.16 $ 31.98 $ 66,520
California-Lexington Park, MD 100 2.23 6.35 $ 40.73 $ 84,730
Huntsville, AL 310 1.36 3.88 $ 34.19 $ 71,120
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 130 1.15 3.26 $ 41.20 $ 85,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,240 1.07 3.05 $ 43.40 $ 90,280
Boulder, CO 190 1.07 3.04 $ 45.84 $ 95,360
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.03 2.94 $ 28.37 $ 59,010
Raleigh, NC 580 0.93 2.65 $ 42.34 $ 88,060
Colorado Springs, CO 260 0.93 2.64 $ 33.80 $ 70,300
State College, PA 60 0.93 2.64 $ 28.58 $ 59,450




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 930 0.84 2.39 $ 53.96 $ 112,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,540 0.66 1.88 $ 53.38 $ 111,020
Trenton, NJ 210 0.92 2.63 $ 46.28 $ 96,270
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 130 0.43 1.21 $ 46.04 $ 95,770
Boulder, CO 190 1.07 3.04 $ 45.84 $ 95,360
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,080 0.80 2.28 $ 45.74 $ 95,140
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 180 0.57 1.63 $ 45.33 $ 94,290
Kennewick-Richland, WA 90 0.79 2.24 $ 45.18 $ 93,970
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.17 0.49 $ 45.14 $ 93,890
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.22 0.62 $ 44.63 $ 92,830

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.27 0.76 $ 27.48 $ 57,170
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.84 2.39 (8) (8)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 0.89 $ 28.12 $ 58,500
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.68 $ 29.24 $ 60,830
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.90 $ 29.21 $ 60,750

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.84 2.39 (8) (8)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 1.96 $ 35.97 $ 74,810
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 1.35 $ 37.35 $ 77,700
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.23 (8) (8)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.90 $ 29.21 $ 60,750

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)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 0.88 $ 39.63 $ 82,440
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 1.35 $ 37.35 $ 77,700
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 1.96 $ 35.97 $ 74,810
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) (8) (8) (8) $ 34.11 $ 70,940
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.63 $ 29.98 $ 62,360


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021