Technical Writer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for technical writers is 48 years. The technical writer workforce reached a whopping 25,208 in 2020!

Among technical writers, we discovered that 48.1% of them are women, while 48.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among technical writers is White, which makes up 77.1% of all technical writers. Comparatively, there are 8.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Technical writers are also more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, technical writers are more likely to find a job in the technology industry.

From where do we know all information about technical writer demographics? We analyzed 35,421 technical writers 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 Writer Diversity

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

Technical Writer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among technical writers is White, which makes up 77.1% of all technical writers. Comparatively, there are 8.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 77.1%
  • Asian, 8.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.4%
  • Black or African American, 6.0%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Technical Writers

The chart below shows that 39.9% of technical writers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.6% and German is the third-most popular at 9.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 39.9%
  • French, 16.6%
  • German, 9.8%
  • Japanese, 4.5%
  • Italian, 3.9%
  • Other, 25.3%

Most Common Degree for Technical Writer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for technical writers. The most common degree for technical writers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 53% of technical writers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 25% and rounding it off is associate degree with 8%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 66%
  • Masters degree, 11%
  • Associate degree, 10%
  • Certificate degree, 10%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Technical Writer 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 writers.

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

Technical Writer Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
52%
49%
45%
42%
38%
35%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Technical Writer 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 writers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Technical Writer

By looking over 35,421 technical writers resumes, we figured out that the average technical writer enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year 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 Writer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of technical writer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of technical writers is 40+ years old, which represents 71% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Technical Writers 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
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Technical Writer48%48%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Technical Writer
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Technical Writers 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 writers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Technical Writer15.82%
Television News Photographer19.36%
Short Story Writer22.69%
On-Air Announcer25.03%
Interpreter And Translator27.03%
Staff Writer/Editor28.26%
Media Planner30.27%

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

male-income
Male Income
$60,253
female-income
Female Income
$58,689

Technical Writer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$62,359
$61,431
$60,502
$59,574
$58,645
$57,717
$56,788
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Technical Writer 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
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$59,837
Doctorate Degree$62,115
Master's Degree$68,137

Technical Writer 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
$73,346
$70,742
$68,137
$65,532
$62,927
$60,322
$57,717
$55,112
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Technical Writer Heatmaps

Where Do Technical Writers Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Technical Writers Located?

By looking through more than 35,421 resumes, we found that the most popular places for technical writers are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Technical Writers

Where Are Technical Writers In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Technical Writer Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Technical Writer Jobs Are Remote?

4.1% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

95.9% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

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

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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 Writer Work In

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

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Public

Private

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

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

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Technology

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Professional

Finance

Technical Writer Jobs