Technical writers

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Total Workforce
60.9k
Average Age
46.4
Average Salary
$74,316
Average Male Salary
$76,650
Average Female Salary
$72,712

About

Technical writers are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Technical writers was $74,316 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Technical writers by wage are Education administrators, Fundraisers, and Insurance sales agents.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Technical writers are Santa Rosa County PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Technical writers are Santa Rosa County PUMA, FL.

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 N/A but are relatively concentrated in Santa Rosa County PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$74,316
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,967

In 2018, Technical writers earned an average of $74,316, $20,428 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Education administrators make somewhat more than Technical writers while Insurance sales agents 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

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WAGE GINI

In N/A, Technical writers had a wage GINI coefficient of N/A, which is approximately the same as than the national average of 0.479. 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

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Technical writers

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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Technical writers, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Scientific research & development services.

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Industries by Share

60.9k
2018 Workforce
± 6,056
8.87%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.2%

The number of people employed as Technical writers has been growing at a rate of 8.87%, from 55,902 people in 2017 to 60,862 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Technical writers employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Technical writers at  15.9%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 7.88% and Scientific research & development services with 4.98%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Technical writers in the US. The average age of male Technical writers in the workforce is 47.5 and of female Technical writers is 45.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Technical writers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

24.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,865
36.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,662

59.3% of Technical writers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

79.6% of Technical writers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.04% 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 Gender

47.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.09
45.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.68

The median age of Technical writers is 46.4, and Male employees are generally 1.82 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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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, Reading Comprehension, and Operations Analysis.

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