Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for technical writers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 23,634 technical writers currently employed in the United States.
  • 50.3% of all technical writers are women, while 49.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed technical writer is 45 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of technical writers is White (71.6%), followed by Asian (8.7%), Hispanic or Latino (7.8%) and Black or African American (6.6%).
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 11% of all technical writers are LGBT.
  • Technical writers are 56% more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.

Technical Writer Statistics By Gender

50.3% of technical writers are women and 49.7% of technical writers are men.

  • Female, 50.3%
  • Male, 49.7%

Technical Writers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female50.3%
Male49.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Technical Writer

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$66,257
female-income
Female Income
$63,980

Technical Writer Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Technical Writer Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201051.49%48.51%
201152.41%47.59%
201248.73%51.27%
201353.53%46.47%
201448.57%51.43%
201552.02%47.98%
201652.31%47.69%
201751.95%48.05%
201847.82%52.18%
201950.10%49.90%
202053.80%46.20%
202149.72%50.28%

Technical Writer Male to Female Ratio

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

Job TitleMaleFemale
Paraprofessional Interpreter12%88%
Deaf Interpreter15%85%
Fashion Journalist15%85%
Technical Writer50%50%
Sports Announcer91%9%
Track Announcer92%8%
Public Address Announcer93%7%
Male
Female

Technical Writer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among technical writers is White, which makes up 71.6% of all technical writers. Comparatively, there are 8.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 71.6%
  • Asian, 8.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.8%
  • Black or African American, 6.6%
  • Unknown, 5.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Technical Writer Race

Technical Writer RacePercentages
White71.6%
Asian8.7%
Hispanic or Latino7.8%
Black or African American6.6%
Unknown5.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Technical Writer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among technical writers.

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

Technical Writer Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201078.00%7.27%5.96%5.51%
201179.55%6.22%6.57%5.29%
201279.09%5.74%6.26%5.92%
201380.34%5.91%5.30%5.95%
201477.69%7.08%5.93%6.84%
201577.57%7.52%7.18%6.06%
201679.51%5.17%7.32%6.07%
201778.40%7.16%5.80%6.68%
201877.40%5.89%7.94%6.27%
201978.42%5.43%7.49%5.69%
202071.91%4.97%9.41%7.18%
202171.59%6.60%8.70%7.79%

Technical Writer Wage Gap By Race

Asian technical writers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino technical writers have the lowest average salary at $63,335.
$72,000
$70,000
$68,000
$66,000
$64,000
$62,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$66,632
White$64,764
Black or African American$67,020
Asian$69,708
Hispanic or Latino$63,335

Average Age of a Technical Writer

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

Male
Female

Technical Writer Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown45
White4844.5
Black or African American32
Asian5041
Hispanic or Latino4134.5

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 65% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Technical Writer Age

Technical Writer YearsPercentages
40+ years65%
30-40 years25%
20-30 years10%

Types of Technical Writer Degree Levels

The most common degree for technical writers is bachelor's degree 72% of technical writers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 12% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

  • Bachelors, 72%
  • Masters, 12%
  • Associate, 11%
  • Doctorate, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Technical Writers By Education

Technical Writer DegreePercentages
Bachelors72%
Masters12%
Associate11%
Doctorate1%
Other Degrees4%

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Technical Writer Wage Gap By Education

$69,000
$68,000
$67,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$67,906
Bachelor's Degree$68,272

Technical Writer Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where technical writers work. We found most technical writers work for a public company. In addition, the industry that employs the most technical writers is the technology industry.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Technical Writer Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees3%
50 - 100 employees5%
100 - 500 employees9%
500 - 1,000 employees4%
1,000 - 10,000 employees29%
> 10,000 employees51%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Technical Writer Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education2%
Public56%
Private40%
Government2%

Top Industries Hiring Technical Writers

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, professional and finance.

Technology

Fortune 500

Professional

Finance

Health Care

Technical Writer Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Technical Writer Unemployment Rate By Year

YearTechnical Writer Unemployment Rate
20109.51%
20118.24%
20127.83%
20136.26%
20144.75%
20154.38%
20164.41%
20174.58%
20185.16%
20194.19%
20205.41%
20214.60%

The Average Number of Years That Technical Writer Stay in a Job

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Technical Writer Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year35%
1-2 years34%
3-4 years11%
5-7 years10%
8-10 years4%
11+ years5%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Newspaper Writer10.10%10,512
Radio Board Operator10.34%28,352
Technical Writer10.84%-
Communications Coordinator12.01%39,790
Historical Interpreter14.90%3,552
Program Writer16.36%67,545
Ringmaster16.36%66

Technical Writer LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Newspaper Writer10.10%10,512
Radio Board Operator10.34%28,352
Communications Coordinator12.01%39,790
Historical Interpreter14.90%3,552
Program Writer16.36%67,545
Ringmaster16.36%66

Foreign Languages Spoken By Technical Writers

The most common foreign language among technical writers is Spanish at 39.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.6% and German is the third-most popular at 9.8%.

  • Spanish, 39.9%
  • French, 16.6%
  • German, 9.8%
  • Japanese, 4.5%
  • Chinese, 3.9%
  • Other, 25.3%

Technical Writer Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish39.9%
French16.6%
German9.8%
Japanese4.5%
Chinese3.9%
Other25.3%

Technical Writer Jobs

Technical Writer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a technical writer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of technical writers is $96,962. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Technical Writers Earn The Most?

Technical writers earn the most in California, where the average technical writer salary is $79,844. 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

Which State Has The Most Technical Writers?

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

Number of Technical Writers

Number Of Technical Writer Jobs By State

Where Are Technical Writers In High Demand?

Technical writers are in high demand in Washington, DC. There are currently 79 job openings for technical writers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country technical writers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Technical Writer Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Technical Writers Are Female?

50.0% of technical writers are female in the United States. This is -2.3 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female technical writers has increased by 1.4 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 12,604 female technical writers in the U.S. and 12,604 male technical writers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 25,208 people with the specific job title of technical writer and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Technical Writer Are There In The Us?

There are over 23,634 Technical Writers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Technical Writers Are Black?

6.6% of Technical Writers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Technical Writers?

Most a are White, with 71.6% of Technical Writers belonging to this ethnicity. 8.7% of Technical Writers are Asian, 7.8% of Technical Writers are Hispanic or Latino, 6.6% of Technical Writers are Black or African American, 5.0% of Technical Writers are Unknown, and 0.3% of Technical Writers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Technical Writer Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Technical Writer jobs are not male - dominated. 50% of Technical Writers are female, and 49% are male, so there are more female Technical Writers than male Technical Writers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Technical Writer?

The average Technical Writer is 46 years old. 65% of Technical Writers are 40+ years old or older, 25% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 10% are between 20-30 years old

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