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 25,208 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 48 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of Technical Writers is White (78.4%), followed by Asian (7.5%) and Hispanic or Latino (5.7%).
  • The majority of Technical Writers are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.
  • Technical Writers are most in-demand in Washington, DC.
  • Technical Writers are paid an average annual salary of $73,703.
  • Boston, MA pays an annual average wage of $90,279, the highest in the US.
  • Technical Writers average starting salary is $52,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid Technical Writers earn as much as $103,000 or more.
  • Maine is the best state for Technical Writers to live.
  • Technical Writers are more likely to work at Public companies in comparison to Private companies.

Technical Writer Statistics By Gender

Among Technical Writers, 50.3% of them are women compared to 49.7% which 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 99¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$71,867
female-income
Female Income
$71,312

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

Technical Writer Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201051.36%48.64%
201152.28%47.72%
201248.60%51.40%
201353.40%46.60%
201448.44%51.56%
201551.89%48.11%
201652.18%47.82%
201751.82%48.18%
201847.69%52.31%
201949.97%50.03%

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 78.4% of all Technical Writers. Comparatively, there are 7.5% of the Asian ethnicity and 5.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 78.4%
  • Asian, 7.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 5.7%
  • Black or African American, 5.4%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Technical Writer Race

Technical Writer RacePercentages
White78.4%
Asian7.5%
Hispanic or Latino5.7%
Black or African American5.4%
Unknown2.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.9%

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%
201877.44%5.90%7.95%6.28%
201978.42%5.43%7.49%5.69%

Technical Writer Wage Gap By Race

Asian Technical Writers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Technical Writers have the lowest average salary at $68,400.
$74,000
$73,000
$72,000
$71,000
$70,000
$69,000
$68,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$71,807
White$72,711
Black or African American$68,400
Asian$72,946
Hispanic or Latino$72,083

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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
White5149
Black or African American41.5
Asian3835
Hispanic or Latino47.5

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 72% of the population.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Technical Writer Age

Technical Writer YearsPercentages
20-30 years8%
30-40 years20%
40+ years72%

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

$80,000
$78,000
$76,000
$74,000
$72,000
$70,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$79,005
Bachelor's Degree$71,312

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.

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 employees1%
50 - 100 employees1%
100 - 500 employees4%
500 - 1,000 employees6%
1,000 - 10,000 employees33%
> 10,000 employees56%

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.

Public

Private

Government

Technical Writer Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education0%
Public65%
Private33%
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, Finance and Professional.

Technology

Fortune 500

Finance

Professional

Manufacturing

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%

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
Interpretive Program Coordinator5.97%72,834
Technical Writer10.15%
Lead Editor11.70%8,571
Legislative Correspondent13.43%16700.00%
Media Consultant14.99%30,964
Contributing Author15.93%9700.00%
Broadcaster19.74%6,332

Technical Writer LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Interpretive Program Coordinator5.97%72,834
Lead Editor11.70%8,571
Legislative Correspondent13.43%167
Media Consultant14.99%30,964
Contributing Author15.93%97
Broadcaster19.74%6,332

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%

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Technical Writer Heatmaps

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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 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.

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