Technical writers

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2019 Workforce
60.9k
Average Age
46.8
Estimated Job Growth
7.36%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$76,477
Average Male Salary
$82,293
Average Female Salary
$72,229

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Technical writers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Technical writers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Technical writers, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Technical writers are paid most in Chapel Hill Town PUMA, NC but are relatively concentrated in San Diego (East Central/Navajo) & La Mesa Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$76,477
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,559

In 2019, Technical writers earned an average of $76,477, $20,953 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Chiropractors make somewhat more than Technical writers while Education administrators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Technical writers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.318
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Technical writers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.318, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Technical writers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Technical writers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Technical writers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

60.9k
2019 Workforce
± 6,055
−0.0197%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14.1%

The number of people employed as Technical writers has been declining at a rate of −0.0197%, from 60,862 people in 2018 to 60,850 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Technical writers employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Technical writers at  18.9%, followed by Management, scientific & technical consulting services with 6.11% and Scientific research & development services with 4.82%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Technical writers in the US. The average age of male Technical writers in the workforce is 49 and of female Technical writers is 45.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Technical writers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

25.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,934
35.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,604

57.8% of Technical writers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Technical writers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Technical writers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

82.3% of Technical writers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.19% of Technical writers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Technical writers.

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Age by Sex

49
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.1
45.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.75

The median age of Technical writers is 46.8, and Male employees are generally 3.7 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Technical writers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Technical writers is English but a relatively high number of Technical writers hold a major in English.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Technical writers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technical writers need many skills, but most especially Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Technical writers need more than the average amount of Writing, Operations Analysis, and Reading Comprehension.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Technical Writers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Technical Writers are expected to see a growth of 7.36% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

7.36%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Technical Writers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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