Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
49,770 1.6 % $35.26 $73,350 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.00 $25.87 $33.77 $43.61 $53.95
Annual Wage (2) $41,610 $53,810 $70,240 $90,700 $112,220


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 9,450 0.50 $37.00 $76,950
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,100 0.33 $36.61 $76,150
Employment Services 3,890 0.11 $35.64 $74,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,630 0.26 $34.12 $70,960
Software Publishers 2,380 0.73 $36.92 $76,800

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 630 1.19 $34.52 $71,800
Software Publishers 2,380 0.73 $36.92 $76,800
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 9,450 0.50 $37.00 $76,950
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 70 0.45 $38.53 $80,140
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 380 0.42 $33.77 $70,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 240 0.06 $44.22 $91,980
Other Information Services 870 0.37 $43.00 $89,450
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $42.15 $87,670
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 40 0.17 $41.88 $87,100
Other Financial Investment Activities 80 0.02 $41.77 $86,880


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 7,300 0.47 1.31 $42.19 $87,760
Texas 4,240 0.37 1.02 $33.66 $70,010
Virginia 2,560 0.69 1.92 $38.62 $80,330
Massachusetts 2,230 0.66 1.82 $39.63 $82,420
Florida 2,130 0.27 0.75 $29.33 $61,010



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 760 1.12 3.12 $40.07 $83,350
Maryland 2,020 0.78 2.16 $38.42 $79,900
Virginia 2,560 0.69 1.92 $38.62 $80,330
Massachusetts 2,230 0.66 1.82 $39.63 $82,420
Colorado 1,330 0.54 1.51 $33.88 $70,460



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,300 0.47 1.31 $42.19 $87,760
Connecticut 620 0.37 1.03 $40.60 $84,440
District of Columbia 760 1.12 3.12 $40.07 $83,350
Massachusetts 2,230 0.66 1.82 $39.63 $82,420
North Carolina 1,840 0.45 1.23 $39.04 $81,200




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 2,720 1.12 3.12 $40.71 $84,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,980 0.31 0.85 $40.98 $85,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.38 1.05 $38.28 $79,620
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,390 0.79 2.19 $38.54 $80,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.34 3.72 $52.81 $109,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.54 1.50 $34.70 $72,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,240 0.42 1.17 $36.56 $76,050
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.31 0.87 $33.88 $70,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,020 0.54 1.50 $33.17 $68,980
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.96 2.65 $41.62 $86,570



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 340 3.34 9.26 $29.36 $61,060
California-Lexington Park, MD 110 2.43 6.74 $33.48 $69,640
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 330 1.90 5.26 $43.13 $89,720
Huntsville, AL 340 1.59 4.40 $30.45 $63,330
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 230 1.55 4.29 $44.85 $93,290
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 780 1.36 3.76 $39.54 $82,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.34 3.72 $52.81 $109,850
Raleigh, NC 750 1.32 3.67 $41.73 $86,790
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.16 3.21 $23.62 $49,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,720 1.12 3.12 $40.71 $84,670



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 1,360 1.34 3.72 $52.81 $109,850
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 100 0.77 2.13 $46.34 $96,380
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.41 1.12 $46.26 $96,210
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 130 1.01 2.80 $46.03 $95,750
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 230 1.55 4.29 $44.85 $93,290
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 730 0.54 1.50 $43.88 $91,270
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 330 1.90 5.26 $43.13 $89,720
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 310 1.09 3.02 $42.22 $87,830
Raleigh, NC 750 1.32 3.67 $41.73 $86,790
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.96 2.65 $41.62 $86,570

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 80 0.34 0.96 $25.12 $52,250
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 0.82 $23.05 $47,950
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 2.01 (8) (8)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.83 (8) (8)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.58 $26.61 $55,350

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 2.01 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.34 0.96 $25.12 $52,250
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 0.82 $23.05 $47,950
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.83 (8) (8)
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.68 $23.63 $49,160

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.39 $59,060
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 30 0.20 0.54 $28.31 $58,890
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.58 $27.30 $56,790
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.38 $27.10 $56,370
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.58 $26.61 $55,350


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016