Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

27-3042 Technical Writers

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

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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)
44,690 2.0 % $26.15 $54,390 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.71 $19.06 $24.80 $32.01 $40.08
Annual Wage (2) $30,600 $39,640 $51,590 $66,590 $83,360

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Computer systems design and related services 6,950 $26.99 $56,150 1 22
Software publishers 3,170 $30.33 $63,090 2 4
Architectural and engineering services 2,770 $25.93 $53,940 3 35
Employment services 2,230 $30.82 $64,100 4 2
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 1,790 $20.77 $43,200 5 75

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,300 $31.74 $66,020 9 1
Employment services 2,230 $30.82 $64,100 4 2
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 1,180 $30.62 $63,690 11 3
Software publishers 3,170 $30.33 $63,090 2 4
Power generation and supply 180 $29.80 $61,990 42 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Vermont 250 $16.08 $33,440 0.086% 245
Washington 2,150 $31.18 $64,860 0.084% 101
District of Columbia 460 $27.71 $57,640 0.077% 136
Maryland 1,490 $28.30 $58,850 0.061% 123
Colorado 1,280 $25.78 $53,610 0.061% 140

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Washington 2,150 $31.18 $64,860 0.084% 101
California 7,080 $30.97 $64,430 0.049% 148
Massachusetts 1,900 $30.88 $64,240 0.060% 112
New Jersey 1,550 $29.43 $61,200 0.040% 141
Maryland 1,490 $28.30 $58,850 0.061% 123

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,390 $37.16 $77,280 0.158%
Huntsville, AL MSA 260 $22.34 $46,470 0.146%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 1,810 $32.16 $66,890 0.139%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 110 $29.28 $60,910 0.139%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 160 $29.62 $61,610 0.129%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,390 $37.16 $77,280 0.158%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 50 $34.12 $70,960 0.055%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 790 $33.21 $69,080 0.081%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 1,810 $32.16 $66,890 0.139%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 330 $31.95 $66,460 0.028%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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