Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
45,100 2.1 % $27.24 $56,650 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.62 $19.92 $25.71 $33.17 $41.72
Annual Wage (2) $32,490 $41,440 $53,490 $68,980 $86,780

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer systems design and related services 7,630 $27.98 $58,200
Architectural and engineering services 3,480 $24.98 $51,950
Software publishers 3,260 $31.07 $64,620
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 2,230 $23.08 $48,010
Management and technical consulting services 2,210 $26.61 $55,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Professional and similar organizations (7) $43.21 $89,870
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 490 $32.48 $67,560
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 1,090 $32.35 $67,290
Employment services 1,720 $31.28 $65,060
Power generation and supply 120 $31.15 $64,780

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
Idaho 730 $23.09 $48,020 0.127%
District of Columbia 520 $29.30 $60,940 0.086%
Vermont 210 $18.25 $37,960 0.072%
Colorado 1,470 $28.14 $58,530 0.070%
Massachusetts 2,050 $31.32 $65,140 0.066%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 6,820 $32.95 $68,540 0.047%
Washington 1,590 $32.65 $67,910 0.062%
Massachusetts 2,050 $31.32 $65,140 0.066%
New York 1,890 $31.09 $64,670 0.023%
New Jersey 1,770 $30.82 $64,100 0.046%

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
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 230 $30.17 $62,760 0.189%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,470 $38.69 $80,470 0.173%
Huntsville, AL MSA 290 $22.57 $46,940 0.158%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 220 $30.45 $63,340 0.145%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 110 $27.49 $57,180 0.136%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,470 $38.69 $80,470 0.173%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 80 $36.58 $76,080 0.042%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 850 $36.02 $74,930 0.089%
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 320 $35.88 $74,640 0.042%
New York, NY PMSA 920 $34.54 $71,850 0.023%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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