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Technical Writers in Illinois

Is Illinois a good place for you to work as a Technical Writer?

4.0% Jobs Projection
$67,550 Median Salary
170 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Technical Writers in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Technical Writers in Illinois is growing slower than average.

  • Technical Writers in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Technical Writers Work in Illinois?

1,460 people worked as Technical Writers in 2018 in this state.

There were 1,520 Technical Writers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 660 Technical Writers working in it, which means Illinois has more Technical Writers than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Technical Writers in this state are growing at a rate of 4.0% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 10.9%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 170 annual Technical Writers job openings in Illinois, and 1,830 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 5,700 annual jobs and 58,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Technical Writers Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Technical Writers ranged from $41,040 to $103,960 with $67,550 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.73 to $49.98. The median hourly rate was $32.47.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $32.28 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.19.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois Metros for Technical Writers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Technical Writers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,100 $69,450
St. Louis, MO-IL 410 $63,250
Peoria, IL 60 $66,210
Bloomington, IL 40 n/a

Top States for Technical Writers Employment

View the list below to see where most Technical Writers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 6,240 $87,260
Texas 4,550 $71,020
Virginia 2,840 $80,230
Florida 2,740 $61,810
New York 2,460 $72,360
Massachusetts 2,420 $84,340
Maryland 2,000 $78,280
Ohio 1,830 $61,870
New Jersey 1,830 $80,230
Pennsylvania 1,810 $68,900
Illinois 1,460 $67,550
Michigan 1,450 $66,510
North Carolina 1,390 $73,740
Minnesota 1,290 $63,710
Colorado 1,240 $76,830
Washington 1,180 $85,520
Georgia 1,180 $74,130
Missouri 980 $56,250
Wisconsin 760 $58,460
Utah 750 $64,650

Below are the states where Technical Writers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $87,260
Washington $85,520
Massachusetts $84,340
District of Columbia $84,270
Virginia $80,230
New Jersey $80,230
Maryland $78,280
Connecticut $78,250
Colorado $76,830
Georgia $74,130

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