Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
46,160 1.7 % $32.65 $67,910 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.61 $24.00 $31.49 $40.00 $48.87
Annual Wage (2) $38,700 $49,910 $65,500 $83,190 $101,660


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 7,450 0.47 $34.05 $70,820
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,080 0.37 $32.33 $67,250
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,070 0.31 $31.99 $66,550
Employment Services 2,490 0.08 $34.29 $71,330
Software Publishers 2,430 0.86 $37.55 $78,110

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 530 1.07 $31.20 $64,900
Software Publishers 2,430 0.86 $37.55 $78,110
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 7,450 0.47 $34.05 $70,820
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 480 0.43 $36.64 $76,200
Other Information Services 700 0.41 $34.36 $71,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $50.05 $104,100
Software Publishers 2,430 0.86 $37.55 $78,110
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 720 0.08 $37.55 $78,110
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 70 0.33 $36.69 $76,320
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 480 0.43 $36.64 $76,200


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 5,800 0.41 1.15 $39.37 $81,880
Texas 3,470 0.33 0.92 $30.46 $63,350
Virginia 2,910 0.81 2.29 $35.76 $74,380
New York 2,050 0.24 0.68 $32.44 $67,480
Maryland 2,050 0.82 2.31 $35.43 $73,700




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 940 1.44 4.05 $31.11 $64,720
Maryland 2,050 0.82 2.31 $35.43 $73,700
Virginia 2,910 0.81 2.29 $35.76 $74,380
Rhode Island 290 0.64 1.82 $32.53 $67,670
Colorado 1,370 0.61 1.73 $31.16 $64,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,620 0.59 1.65 $39.80 $82,780
California 5,800 0.41 1.15 $39.37 $81,880
Massachusetts 1,870 0.58 1.65 $38.41 $79,900
Connecticut 980 0.60 1.71 $36.91 $76,770
Virginia 2,910 0.81 2.29 $35.76 $74,380





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 3,180 1.36 3.83 $36.04 $74,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.26 0.74 $34.53 $71,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.90 2.54 $41.94 $87,230
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,270 0.74 2.09 $38.94 $81,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,200 1.33 3.76 $46.15 $96,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 980 0.47 1.32 $30.89 $64,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.25 0.70 $36.83 $76,600
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 930 0.74 2.08 $34.97 $72,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 890 0.51 1.43 $30.65 $63,750
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 850 0.69 1.94 $31.59 $65,700




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)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 260 2.00 5.66 $33.35 $69,370
Huntsville, AL 370 1.80 5.08 $28.91 $60,140
Warner Robins, GA 100 1.74 4.91 $27.97 $58,180
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 270 1.69 4.78 $36.05 $74,980
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 840 1.49 4.21 $36.11 $75,100
Charlottesville, VA 140 1.47 4.16 $28.96 $60,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,180 1.36 3.83 $36.04 $74,960
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,200 1.33 3.76 $46.15 $96,000
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 150 1.30 3.68 $43.76 $91,030
Wichita, KS 330 1.16 3.29 $29.32 $60,980




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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 30 0.32 0.89 $46.66 $97,050
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.48 1.35 $46.65 $97,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,200 1.33 3.76 $46.15 $96,000
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 150 1.30 3.68 $43.76 $91,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.70 1.98 $42.22 $87,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.90 2.54 $41.94 $87,230
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 240 0.89 2.52 $41.73 $86,800
New Haven, CT 50 0.18 0.51 $41.55 $86,410
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.27 0.76 $40.69 $84,640
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,270 0.74 2.09 $38.94 $81,000

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 110 2.40 6.77 $33.34 $69,360
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.17 0.48 $20.86 $43,390
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.84 $22.41 $46,620
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 2.92 8.25 $41.56 $86,440
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.69 $24.37 $50,680

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 2.92 8.25 $41.56 $86,440
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 110 2.40 6.77 $33.34 $69,360
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.88 2.48 $31.28 $65,050
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 1.88 $30.57 $63,580
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.98 $24.78 $51,550

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 2.92 8.25 $41.56 $86,440
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 110 2.40 6.77 $33.34 $69,360
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.88 2.48 $31.28 $65,050
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 1.88 $30.57 $63,580
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.71 $29.82 $62,030


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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