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Highest Paying Industries for Technical Writers

The top 100 highest paying industries for technical writers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $86,990, specialized design services is the highest paying industry for technical writers. It is followed by real estate and rental and leasing industry (average annual salary $85,030). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of technical writers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Technical Writers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Specialized Design Services
$86,990
90
2 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$85,030
90
3 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$84,120
60
4 Utilities
$82,710
160
5 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$81,640
600
6 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$81,250
n/a
7 Other Information Services
$80,480
970
8 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$78,440
1,040
9 Federal government, including USPS
$78,420
1,050
10 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$77,300
190
11 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$76,910
1,990
12 Other Financial Investment Activities
$76,850
70
13 Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,090
2,110
14 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$75,810
350
15 Hospitals - Privately owned
$75,630
380
16 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$74,770
610
17 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$74,670
210
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$74,580
380
19 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$74,580
210
20 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$74,390
1,000
21 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$74,350
410
22 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$74,130
2,920
23 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$74,110
180
24 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$73,920
1,300
25 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$73,830
8,480
26 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$73,400
40
27 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$72,740
580
28 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$72,690
1,270
29 Software Publishers
$72,420
2,290
30 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$71,930
120
31 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$71,920
160
32 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$71,910
180
33 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$71,440
100
34 Wholesale Trade
$71,290
1,760
35 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$71,040
19,680
36 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$70,880
210
37 Testing Laboratories
$70,650
850
38 Employment Services
$70,380
3,680
39 Temporary Help Services
$70,060
3,200
40 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$69,840
550
41 Administrative and Support Services
$69,750
4,140
42 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,600
4,380
43 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$69,580
3,960
44 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$69,540
n/a
45 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$69,460
1,540
46 Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,460
1,540
47 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$69,450
860
48 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$69,290
940
49 Information
$69,150
6,220
50 Other Telecommunications
$69,090
40
51 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$68,940
30
52 Chemical Manufacturing
$68,610
920
53 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$68,250
3,910
54 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$68,200
230
55 Manufacturing
$68,100
7,660
56 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$68,070
240
57 Construction of Buildings
$67,260
40
58 Nonresidential Building Construction
$67,130
30
59 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$66,960
70
60 Other Support Services
$66,890
70
61 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$66,880
80
62 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$66,710
810
63 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$66,220
160
64 Office Administrative Services
$66,130
150
65 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$65,710
2,030
66 Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,690
820
67 Legal Services
$65,560
n/a
68 Educational Services - Privately owned
$65,470
700
69 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,470
1,500
70 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$65,440
360
71 Business Support Services
$65,420
150
72 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$65,320
330
73 Telecommunications
$65,080
200
74 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$65,000
4,140
75 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$64,660
250
76 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$64,280
220
77 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,220
490
78 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$63,990
40
79 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$63,780
120
80 Construction
$63,710
90
81 Repair and Maintenance
$63,480
50
82 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$63,460
70
83 Engineering Services
$63,450
2,970
84 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$63,440
160
85 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$63,200
510
86 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$62,630
200
87 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$62,500
540
88 Finance and Insurance
$62,500
1,420
89 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$62,470
640
90 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$62,440
100
91 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$62,180
580
92 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$62,150
110
93 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$62,140
130
94 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$61,990
150
95 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$61,790
1,620
96 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$61,740
560
97 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$61,600
230
98 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$61,550
420
99 Educational Support Services
$61,360
230
100 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$61,280
180
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