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A bachelor's degree is often required to work in this field. Survey data provided by the government shows that 74% of employees have a bachelor's degree or higher. 18% of tech writers attended college, but do not have a degree. 7% of workers were able to find a job with only a high school education.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Of those working as employees, 7% work fewer than 40 hours per week. Around 6% of tech writers are independent contractors.


Area Job Conditions

On a per capita basis, there are more jobs for employees in Warner Robins (Georgia), Framingham (Massachusetts), and Lowell (Massachusetts), and fewer jobs in Columbia (South Carolina), Greensboro (North Carolina), and Nashville (Tennessee).

Compensation for tech writers is the most in San Jose (California), Framingham (Massachusetts), and San Francisco (California), and the lowest in Springfield (Missouri), Missoula (Montana), and Port St. Lucie (Florida).


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Briefly introduces what tech writers do. Produced for the US Department of Labor.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column -- for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$58,730$45K - $91K500.03%
ALAnniston - Oxford$52,190$32K - $68K400.08%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$47,230$32K - $83K1200.02%
ALHuntsville$61,100$41K - $83K3700.18%
ALMobile$42,840$33K - $62K500.03%
ALMontgomery$51,100$34K - $82K400.02%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$37,980$30K - $59K800.02%
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$60,450$38K - $86K5500.03%
AZTucson$57,760$36K - $97K2400.07%
CABakersfield - Delano$65,860$26K - $95K400.02%
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$73,710$52K - $108K9700.02%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$84,620$50K - $142K4600.05%
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$79,950$44K - $101K1700.06%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$69,690$34K - $108K2000.02%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$68,780$47K - $105K2100.03%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$70,720$50K - $97K9300.07%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$88,160$58K - $120K7000.07%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$99,690$58K - $134K1,2000.13%
CASan Luis Obispo - Paso Robles$100,710$65K - $126K300.03%
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$65,600$48K - $95K5300.04%
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$75,110$51K - $95K700.04%
CASanta Cruz - WatsonvilleN/AN/A - N/A300.04%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$68,440$47K - $98K500.03%
CAVallejo - Fairfield$85,100$62K - $113K300.03%
COBoulder$68,970$31K - $102K1700.11%
COColorado Springs$57,100$36K - $77K2000.08%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$65,710$42K - $95K8500.07%
COFort Collins - Loveland$72,280$40K - $96K800.06%
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$74,580$47K - $106K2100.05%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$81,860$55K - $110K4300.08%
CTNew Haven$77,760$43K - $114K500.02%
CTNorwich - New London$69,680$43K - $93K2600.20%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$73,710$40K - $112K3,1800.14%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$60,930$36K - $100K1400.04%
FLFort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$67,310$43K - $100K1500.02%
FLJacksonville$72,700$41K - $113K1300.02%
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$54,390$35K - $85K1400.01%
FLNorth Port - Bradenton - Sarasota$55,680$40K - $76K500.02%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$60,370$42K - $83K4200.04%
FLPalm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville$62,450$42K - $83K1100.06%
FLPanama City - Lynn Haven - Panama City Beach$65,050$35K - $84K300.05%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$56,960$35K - $80K3500.03%
FLWest Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$53,050$37K - $75K900.02%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$68,900$45K - $93K7300.03%
GAAugusta - Richmond County$61,390$41K - $106K400.02%
GASavannah$76,170$55K - $94K800.06%
GAWarner Robins$59,300$44K - $73K1000.17%
HIHonolulu$63,960$32K - $85K500.01%
IACedar Rapids$47,720$34K - $77K900.06%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$45,660$32K - $64K1500.05%
IADubuque$44,570$33K - $60K600.11%
IAIowa City$59,040$47K - $91K700.08%
IAWaterloo - Cedar Falls$44,740$36K - $64K500.06%
IDBoise City - Nampa$59,710$41K - $74K1400.05%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$63,070$36K - $93K6600.02%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$67,930$45K - $91K3000.08%
INFort Wayne$56,970$37K - $83K500.03%
INGary (Metro Area)$47,560$23K - $68K300.01%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$57,640$35K - $75K4300.05%
KSWichita$59,920$44K - $81K3300.12%
KYLexington - Fayette$49,460$30K - $72K500.02%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$45,200$33K - $71K700.01%
LABaton Rouge$73,160$45K - $109K500.01%
LAHouma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux$31,010$26K - $47K500.05%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$46,680$39K - $82K300.01%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$80,320$50K - $115K1,2700.07%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$75,690$45K - $106K2700.17%
MALowell - Billerica - Chelmsford (Metro Area)$93,400$58K - $121K1500.13%
MASpringfield$66,820$42K - $105K300.01%
MAWorcester$78,990$52K - $94K500.02%
MDBaltimore - Towson$71,400$50K - $105K7400.06%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$76,000$46K - $104K8400.15%
MDHagerstown - Martinsburg$60,240$39K - $87KN/AN/A
MEPortland - South Portland - Biddeford$47,000$37K - $67K500.02%
MIAnn Arbor$55,550$41K - $81K1600.08%
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$58,540$49K - $86K2900.04%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$57,750$33K - $75K700.02%
MIHolland - Grand Haven$52,850$28K - $68K400.04%
MIKalamazoo - Portage$51,790$37K - $76K900.07%
MILansing - East Lansing$50,680$39K - $61KN/AN/A
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$62,110$42K - $90K6400.06%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$61,850$40K - $91K8900.05%
MOKansas City$55,670$34K - $78K3900.04%
MOSpringfield$41,300$27K - $59K600.03%
MOSt. Louis$62,220$42K - $89K6000.05%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$63,670$33K - $95K3400.04%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$74,800$51K - $141K2400.09%
NCGreensboro - High Point$55,980$29K - $76K400.01%
NCRaleigh - Cary$70,190$35K - $98K5000.10%
NELincoln$43,400$33K - $61K800.05%
NEOmaha - Council Bluffs$54,110$34K - $76K1500.03%
NHManchester$58,390$38K - $76K300.03%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$65,480$37K - $116K700.05%
NHPortsmouth$60,620$48K - $89K300.06%
NJAtlantic City - Hammonton$64,110$41K - $91K700.05%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$58,010$40K - $87K1700.03%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$73,330$44K - $114K4900.05%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$69,980$31K - $132K4900.05%
NJTrenton - Ewing$75,450$39K - $94K1300.06%
NMAlbuquerque$61,540$36K - $80K2800.08%
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$61,210$33K - $86K1100.01%
NVReno - Sparks$55,130$41K - $74K500.03%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$65,020$42K - $89K800.02%
NYBinghamton$49,750$35K - $95KN/AN/A
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$46,150$28K - $71K1100.02%
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$64,590$35K - $95K3700.03%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$71,750$31K - $112K1,3500.03%
NYRochester$63,160$47K - $75K1700.03%
NYSyracuse$59,730$41K - $92K700.02%
OHAkron$47,880$34K - $70K1100.03%
OHCincinnati - Middletown$62,000$40K - $87K2900.03%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$50,410$29K - $73K2600.03%
OHColumbus$57,100$38K - $73K2100.02%
OHDayton$61,640$40K - $86K1200.03%
OKOklahoma City$56,600$38K - $84K2300.04%
OKTulsa$49,140$31K - $69K1600.04%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$79,170$45K - $99K5300.05%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$68,800$40K - $104K600.02%
PAHarrisburg - Carlisle$58,860$39K - $83K1100.03%
PALancaster$64,100$29K - $95K300.02%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$73,660$46K - $100K8200.04%
PAPittsburgh$60,470$41K - $85K3700.03%
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$44,940$30K - $77K400.01%
PAState College$65,850$36K - $94K300.05%
PAYork - Hanover$52,850$40K - $85K700.04%
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$31,920$24K - $68K900.01%
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$65,450$39K - $102K2600.05%
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$60,050$41K - $83K900.03%
SCColumbia$58,800$39K - $87K500.01%
SCGreenville - Mauldin - Easley$47,470$39K - $68K400.01%
SDSioux Falls$44,330$34K - $58K400.03%
TNClarksvilleN/AN/A - N/A300.04%
TNKnoxville$65,700$40K - $91K900.03%
TNMemphis$58,840$35K - $91K900.01%
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$53,630$29K - $82K1600.02%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$61,090$30K - $97K6100.08%
TXCorpus Christi$55,940$40K - $90K700.04%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$65,470$38K - $91K9800.05%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$49,990$32K - $80K2400.03%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$62,610$39K - $88K8400.03%
TXKilleen - Temple - Fort Hood$65,420$33K - $84K700.05%
TXLubbock$42,290$38K - $47K400.03%
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$62,700$30K - $95K2600.03%
UTOgden - Clearfield$63,140$47K - $77K1200.06%
UTProvo - Orem$54,890$24K - $90K1000.06%
UTSalt Lake City$61,690$38K - $152K4000.06%
VACharlottesville$59,410$38K - $87K1400.15%
VARichmond$64,950$40K - $92K2400.04%
VAVirginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News$59,180$38K - $82K3900.05%
VTBurlington - South Burlington$58,080$42K - $88K900.08%
WABremerton - Silverdale$65,670$44K - $104K500.07%
WAKennewick - Pasco - Richland$74,590$44K - $104K1000.10%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$88,540$57K - $117K1,2700.09%
WASpokane$52,830$28K - $87K500.03%
WATacoma (Metro Area)$56,880$41K - $95K300.01%
WIAppleton$51,400$41K - $67K400.04%
WIFond du Lac$57,260$50K - $72KN/AN/A
WIGreen Bay$45,850$34K - $72K400.02%
WIMadison$52,330$38K - $75K1400.04%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$55,750$36K - $75K4200.05%
WIOshkosh - Neenah$44,840$34K - $62K800.09%
WIRacine$50,970$25K - $77K400.05%
WVCharleston$45,170$32K - $71K800.05%
WVMorgantownN/AN/A - N/A500.08%