Occupational Employment Statistics


27-3042 Technical Writers

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 7017$25.36/hr$17.38/hr$20.22/hr$23.22/hr$28.86/hr$37.28/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$27.23/hr
Financial Activities70$34.55/hr
Professional and Business Services430$27.78/hr
Education and Health Services130$27.01/hr
Leisure and Hospitality40$26.98/hr
Other Services10$26.72/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$37.45/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$28.63/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$32.89/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$36.44/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$36.32/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$25.41/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$25.97/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$32.38/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$22.91/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$27.52/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$34.15/hr-5.9%
Northwest Minnesota 70$23.22/hr9.6%
Southeast Minnesota 70$36.96/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 70$24.69/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,040$31.01/hr7.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,070$31.24/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,290$31.16/hr6.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 360$32.56/hr8.0%
Software Developers, Systems Software 6,460$51.99/hr2.3%
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,920$19.72/hr-7.3%

  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
  • Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.