Technical writers

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Total Workforce

55.9k

Average Age

46.2

Estimated Job Growth

10.9%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$67,708

Average Male Salary

$72,931

Average Female Salary

$63,388

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 Scientific research & development services. Technical writers are paid most in Chapel Hill Town PUMA, NC but are relatively concentrated in Santa Rosa County PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$67,708

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,154

In 2017, Technical writers earned an average of $67,708, $15,643 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Firefighters make somewhat more than Technical writers while Procurement clerks 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

0.29

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Technical writers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.29, which is lower than 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

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

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 Management, scientific & technical consulting services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Technical writers, by average wage, are Scientific research & development services, Banking & related activities, and Software publishing.

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Industries by Share

55.9k

2017 Workforce

± 5,804

-5.58%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 15.3%

The number of people employed as Technical writers has been declining at a rate of -5.58%, from 59,204 people in 2016 to 55,902 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Technical writers employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Technical writers at  17%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 6.28% and Management, scientific & technical consulting services with 4.61%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Technical writers in the US. The average age of male Technical writers in the workforce is 47.9 and of female Technical writers is 44.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Technical writers is White.

Gender Composition

25.3k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,905

30.6k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,294

54.7% 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

  2. Black

  3. Asian

83.9% of Technical writers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.92% of Technical writers, Black 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

47.9

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.1

44.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.7

The median age of Technical writers is 46.2, and Male employees are generally 3.12 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 degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree 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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Technical writers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Technical writers are expected to see a growth of 10.9% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

10.9%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Technical writers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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