Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
48,210 1.7 % $34.59 $71,950 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.93 $25.52 $33.19 $42.42 $52.14
Annual Wage (2) $41,450 $53,080 $69,030 $88,230 $108,460


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 8,480 0.48 $36.59 $76,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,140 0.30 $33.44 $69,560
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,960 0.33 $35.60 $74,050
Employment Services 3,680 0.11 $35.28 $73,380
Software Publishers 2,290 0.75 $35.01 $72,810

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 540 1.01 $31.89 $66,330
Software Publishers 2,290 0.75 $35.01 $72,810
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,480 0.48 $36.59 $76,110
Other Information Services 970 0.47 $41.15 $85,600
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 360 0.39 $32.97 $68,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 90 0.08 $41.20 $85,700
Other Information Services 970 0.47 $41.15 $85,600
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 610 0.07 $40.32 $83,870
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 600 0.38 $39.81 $82,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,040 0.05 $38.22 $79,500


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 7,130 0.47 1.32 $40.85 $84,960
Texas 3,860 0.34 0.96 $33.66 $70,010
Virginia 2,740 0.75 2.10 $37.07 $77,100
Massachusetts 2,140 0.64 1.81 $37.61 $78,230
Maryland 2,040 0.80 2.23 $38.47 $80,010




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 800 1.18 3.30 $38.44 $79,950
Maryland 2,040 0.80 2.23 $38.47 $80,010
Virginia 2,740 0.75 2.10 $37.07 $77,100
Massachusetts 2,140 0.64 1.81 $37.61 $78,230
Colorado 1,370 0.58 1.62 $32.35 $67,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,130 0.47 1.32 $40.85 $84,960
Connecticut 730 0.44 1.24 $39.10 $81,330
Maryland 2,040 0.80 2.23 $38.47 $80,010
District of Columbia 800 1.18 3.30 $38.44 $79,950
Washington 1,120 0.39 1.08 $38.41 $79,890





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 2,820 1.19 3.32 $38.84 $80,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,510 0.84 2.35 $36.92 $76,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.35 0.99 $36.14 $75,170
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.40 3.92 $50.09 $104,180
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.23 0.64 $39.62 $82,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.50 1.40 $34.69 $72,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.29 0.82 $33.63 $69,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,080 0.38 1.07 $36.21 $75,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 970 0.53 1.49 $32.24 $67,070
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.88 2.48 $39.86 $82,910




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 210 2.80 7.84 $28.90 $60,100
Huntsville, AL 370 1.77 4.95 $29.52 $61,400
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 240 1.50 4.20 $39.96 $83,120
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 170 1.40 3.92 $42.02 $87,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.40 3.92 $50.09 $104,180
Raleigh-Cary, NC 720 1.32 3.70 (8) (8)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 710 1.25 3.50 $39.76 $82,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,820 1.19 3.32 $38.84 $80,790
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 140 1.12 3.13 $44.52 $92,610
Boulder, CO 170 1.05 2.93 $36.27 $75,440




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 1.40 3.92 $50.09 $104,180
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.65 1.83 $46.02 $95,720
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.49 1.37 $44.73 $93,050
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 140 1.12 3.13 $44.52 $92,610
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 120 0.89 2.50 $42.36 $88,100
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 170 1.40 3.92 $42.02 $87,400
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 290 1.00 2.81 $41.62 $86,560
New Haven, CT 60 0.21 0.59 $40.62 $84,480
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.38 1.07 $39.97 $83,130
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 240 1.50 4.20 $39.96 $83,120

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 90 2.05 5.75 $34.92 $72,630
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.40 1.13 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 0.76 $24.05 $50,030
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 0.41 $23.56 $48,990
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.94 $28.40 $59,080

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 90 2.05 5.75 $34.92 $72,630
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 1.92 $33.17 $69,000
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.40 1.13 (8) (8)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.94 $21.67 $45,070
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 0.95 $27.37 $56,940

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 90 2.05 5.75 $34.92 $72,630
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 1.92 $33.17 $69,000
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.32 $67,230
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.81 $28.60 $59,480
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.94 $28.40 $59,080


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015