Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
47,300 2.9 % $33.80 $70,290 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.36 $24.93 $32.64 $41.51 $50.85
Annual Wage (2) $40,270 $51,850 $67,900 $86,340 $105,760


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 8,200 0.48 $35.60 $74,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,260 0.32 $32.93 $68,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,070 0.35 $33.40 $69,460
Employment Services 3,320 0.10 $34.87 $72,530
Software Publishers 2,210 0.76 $35.00 $72,790

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 550 1.11 $32.84 $68,310
Software Publishers 2,210 0.76 $35.00 $72,790
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,200 0.48 $35.60 $74,060
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 320 0.44 $34.24 $71,210
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 410 0.40 $35.40 $73,620

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 (8) (8) $41.67 $86,680
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 700 0.08 $40.92 $85,110
Other Information Services (8) (8) $38.82 $80,740
Other Financial Investment Activities 50 0.01 $38.02 $79,090
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.06 $37.51 $78,020


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 6,660 0.45 1.27 $40.41 $84,060
Texas 3,730 0.34 0.96 $32.27 $67,120
Virginia 2,740 0.75 2.11 $36.74 $76,410
Massachusetts 2,040 0.63 1.76 $38.94 $81,000
Maryland 2,000 0.79 2.21 $37.72 $78,460




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 780 1.17 3.27 $37.34 $77,670
Maryland 2,000 0.79 2.21 $37.72 $78,460
Virginia 2,740 0.75 2.11 $36.74 $76,410
Connecticut 1,040 0.64 1.79 $37.15 $77,270
Massachusetts 2,040 0.63 1.76 $38.94 $81,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,660 0.45 1.27 $40.41 $84,060
Massachusetts 2,040 0.63 1.76 $38.94 $81,000
Maryland 2,000 0.79 2.21 $37.72 $78,460
Oregon 610 0.37 1.05 $37.69 $78,400
District of Columbia 780 1.17 3.27 $37.34 $77,670





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 2,850 1.20 3.37 $38.67 $80,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,430 0.82 2.29 $39.19 $81,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.34 0.95 $37.74 $78,490
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.23 0.65 $38.11 $79,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,070 0.39 1.08 $33.71 $70,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.28 0.79 $33.04 $68,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.48 1.35 $32.43 $67,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.53 1.47 $31.86 $66,280
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 900 0.70 1.96 $38.02 $79,090
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 890 0.70 1.96 $30.87 $64,220




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 140 1.92 5.37 $28.83 $59,970
Warner Robins, GA 110 1.90 5.34 $28.30 $58,870
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 230 1.83 5.14 $34.64 $72,050
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 270 1.68 4.70 $36.34 $75,580
Huntsville, AL 350 1.65 4.64 $28.66 $59,620
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 130 1.39 3.88 $21.68 $45,100
Dubuque, IA 80 1.37 3.83 $20.20 $42,030
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.35 3.77 $46.55 $96,810
Charlottesville, VA 130 1.35 3.77 $29.76 $61,890
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 700 1.25 3.51 $37.73 $78,480




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 (8) (8) (8) $48.68 $101,260
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.35 3.77 $46.55 $96,810
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.50 1.42 $46.22 $96,130
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 300 1.07 3.01 $43.17 $89,800
New Haven, CT 50 0.20 0.56 $42.37 $88,130
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 880 0.84 2.35 $40.84 $84,940
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 90 0.66 1.85 $39.89 $82,970
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 500 0.51 1.42 $39.71 $82,590
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.14 0.39 $39.62 $82,410
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,430 0.82 2.29 $39.19 $81,500

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.75 2.09 (8) (8)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 100 2.24 6.29 $35.38 $73,590
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 0.77 $26.12 $54,320
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 0.42 $20.28 $42,170
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 1.06 (8) (8)

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 30 2.27 6.38 $39.82 $82,820
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 100 2.24 6.29 $35.38 $73,590
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.92 2.59 $33.30 $69,260
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.75 2.09 (8) (8)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 1.35 $28.94 $60,190

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 30 2.27 6.38 $39.82 $82,820
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 100 2.24 6.29 $35.38 $73,590
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.92 2.59 $33.30 $69,260
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.55 $31.81 $66,170
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.60 $31.34 $65,180


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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