2018-2019 STC Salary Database

If you are a technical communicator or an employer looking to hire a technical communicator, then you need STC’s Salary Database. Each year STC produces a Salary Database based upon data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, with exhaustive additional research ensuring that the salary data is accurate, reflects regional realities, and is useful to technical communicators.

The 2018-2019 STC Salary Database is sponsored by:

STC members:

STC members receive a free copy of the 2018-2019 Salary Database and Excel workbook as a membership benefit. You have two methods to download your free publication and workbook:

 

  • Click here to login to your STC account and visit our download manager
  • In your STC profile http://access.stc.org/.  Log in to your STC account and click on your name at the top left corner of the screen. You will see the link to the publication in the left hand column on your profile.

Nonmembers:

Consider joining STC! STC members receive the STC Salary Database publication and the Excel Workbook for free! Click here for information about STC membership and our other valuable benefits.

To purchase the Salary Database and Excel Workbook as a nonmember, please click on the links below to visit our online store:

Salary Database PDF

Excel workbook

What Does the Salary Database Tell Us?

The Salary Database data offers insights on how the economy has and will continue to influence the demand for technical writers. With a stronger economy comes stronger job markets. In 2018, employment rates for technical communicators increased modestly, but it still represents the highest employment level for the occupation since being individually tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Technical writer” as a profession has seen employment growth every year since 2011, with an average annual employment increase of 1.7%.

Globalization and export markets continue to be important to the U.S. economy, showing an increases in employment during 2018 for technical writers, public relations specialists, writers and authors, and interpreters and translators. Other areas of the economy—consumer spending, business spending and investment, and government spending, unemployment, and turnover rate—are also examined in an economic overview which provides some explanation for the effects on the growth or decline of technical writer staffs in various industries.

Some familiar industries continue to top the largest employers of technical writers in 2018. These include Computer Systems Design and Related Services, as well as Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services.

How Can I use the Salary Database?

Using 2018 data, the 2018-2019 Salary Database is available free to all  STC members and is available for purchase by nonmembers. An Excel workbook with the original data is also available for purchase for all those who wish to be able to format the data in other ways.

Use the STC Salary Database if you are:

  • An employee looking for solid facts to back up a raise request
  • A manager seeking salary figures to assist with setting budgets or bidding for projects
  • A freelancer investigating average hourly fees for a different industry or city
  • A job-seeker needing insight on what industries and what geographic areas hold the most new jobs
  • Any technical communicator in need of either annual or hourly wage information

Because the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics, from which the Salary Database was drawn, is one of the most referenced wage guides by human resource professionals, STC members who use this tool will benefit from the same market intelligence that is relied upon when employers evaluate raises and make salary offers to new hires. The STC Salary Database not only provides firm numbers to back up fair requests and fair offers, giving technical communicators the insight they need in a tough job market, it also provides users with a competitive edge. Get the edge you need with the STC Salary Database.

Globalization and export markets continue to be important to the U.S. economy, showing an increases in employment during 2018 for technical writers, public relations specialists, writers and authors, and interpreters and translators. Other areas of the economy—consumer spending, business spending and investment, and government spending, unemployment, and turnover rate—are also examined in an economic overview which provides some explanation for the effects on the growth or decline of technical writer staffs in various industries.

Some familiar industries continue to top the largest employers of technical writers in 2018. These include Computer Systems Design and Related Services, as well as Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services.

The Excel workbook allows you to format, analyze, and manipulate the data easily.

Included are:

The Geographic Series contains all of the employment and wage data for the most recent three years for:

    • All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
    • All 11 Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs)
    • All Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
    • The nonmetropolitan areas in which technical writers worked that year

The Industry Series provides industry employment and wage data for technical writers for all industries that employed technical writers during the most recent three years.The data are available at three levels of detail:

    • Major Industry Groups (2-digit North American Industrial Classification System [NAICS] codes); e.g., Healthcare and Social Assistance Services
    • Industry Groups (3-digit NAICS codes); e.g., hospitals
    • Industry Subsectors (4-digit NAICS codes) e.g., general medical and surgical hospitals

The Profession Series provides employment and wage data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for technical writers and four competing professions for the most recent three years.

The STC Salary Database is a tool that can be used to conduct more powerful job searches, make a strong case for a raise, or prepare department payroll budgets. The data in the Salary Database are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES).


The Salary Database is a frequent winner of the APEX  Award of Excellence. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic  design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall  communication excellence. APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories.