Technical Editor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for technical editors is 42 years. The technical editor workforce reached a whopping 18,917 in 2020!

Among technical editors, we discovered that 54.4% of them are women, while 41.4% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among technical editors is White, which makes up 78.3% of all technical editors. Comparatively, there are 7.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.1% of the Asian ethnicity. Technical editors are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, technical editors are more likely to find a job in the technology industry.

From where do we know all information about technical editor demographics? We analyzed 3,216 technical editors resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Technical Editor Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as technical editors. Keep reading to find out what the results for technical editors were.

Technical Editor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among technical editors is White, which makes up 78.3% of all technical editors. Comparatively, there are 7.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.1% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 78.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.9%
  • Asian, 7.1%
  • Black or African American, 3.9%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Technical Editors

The chart below shows that 33.5% of technical editors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 20.0% and German is the third-most popular at 8.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 33.5%
  • French, 20.0%
  • German, 8.8%
  • Italian, 5.3%
  • Japanese, 4.7%
  • Other, 27.7%

Most Common Degree for Technical Editor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for technical editors. The most common degree for technical editors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 53% of technical editors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 25% and rounding it off is associate degree with 6%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 71%
  • Masters degree, 11%
  • Certificate degree, 7%
  • Associate degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Technical Editor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among technical editors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Technical Editor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the technical editor position over time.


Technical Editor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of technical editors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of technical editors based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Technical Editor

By looking over 3,216 technical editors resumes, we figured out that the average technical editor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Technical Editor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of technical editor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of technical editors is 40+ years old, which represents 54% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Technical Editors with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Technical Editor41%54%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Technical Editor
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Technical Editors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to technical editors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Ghost Writer15.82%
Newspaper Journalist19.36%
Script Reader22.69%
Freelance Interpreter/Translator27.03%
Technical Editor28.26%
Community Lead Specialist30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Technical Editor?

Male Income
Female Income

Technical Editor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Technical Editor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$54,359
Doctorate Degree$58,794
Master's Degree$59,230

Technical Editor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Technical Editor Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a technical editor can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of technical editors is $48,434. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Technical Editors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where technical editors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Technical Editors Located?

By looking through more than 3,216 resumes, we found that the most popular places for technical editors are DC, Washington and NY, New York.

Number of Technical Editors

Where Are Technical Editors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country technical editors are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Technical Editor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ technical editors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most technical editors is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire technical editors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Technical Editor Work In

Employees with the technical editor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most technical editors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ technical editors. Those industries include technology, professional and manufacturing.

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