Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists

Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
76,570 1.7 % $16.37 $34,050 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.58 $13.09 $16.10 $19.14 $22.44
Annual Wage (2) $22,010 $27,240 $33,480 $39,820 $46,680


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 29,200 0.56 $17.19 $35,760
Offices of Physicians 20,720 0.88 $16.35 $34,010
Business Support Services 14,840 1.82 $14.46 $30,080
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,260 0.98 $18.16 $37,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,710 0.09 $16.84 $35,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Support Services 14,840 1.82 $14.46 $30,080
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,260 0.98 $18.16 $37,770
Offices of Physicians 20,720 0.88 $16.35 $34,010
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 29,200 0.56 $17.19 $35,760
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 570 0.26 $18.28 $38,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 570 0.26 $18.28 $38,030
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $18.23 $37,910
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,260 0.98 $18.16 $37,770
Office Administrative Services 780 0.19 $18.14 $37,730
Home Health Care Services 140 0.01 $17.74 $36,890


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,040 0.36 0.60 $20.35 $42,320
Florida 4,620 0.65 1.08 $14.66 $30,480
Texas 4,450 0.43 0.72 $17.35 $36,090
Pennsylvania 4,360 0.79 1.32 $16.58 $34,490
New York 3,900 0.46 0.77 $16.75 $34,850




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 800 2.04 3.42 $14.34 $29,830
North Dakota 520 1.41 2.37 $14.83 $30,850
Vermont 370 1.27 2.12 $16.61 $34,540
Wisconsin 3,320 1.25 2.10 $16.52 $34,370
Maine 660 1.14 1.92 $15.50 $32,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $21.95 $45,650
Alaska 110 0.35 0.58 $21.68 $45,090
Massachusetts 1,190 0.38 0.63 $20.54 $42,710
California 5,040 0.36 0.60 $20.35 $42,320
New Jersey 2,020 0.54 0.90 $18.66 $38,820





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.41 0.69 $21.41 $44,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.30 0.50 $18.26 $37,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.40 0.68 $17.22 $35,820
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.74 1.24 $18.49 $38,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,320 0.77 1.29 $17.72 $36,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,250 0.73 1.23 $17.53 $36,460
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,090 1.12 1.87 $14.48 $30,110
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 990 1.24 2.08 $17.32 $36,020
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 970 0.38 0.64 $17.01 $35,380
Pittsburgh, PA 960 0.86 1.45 $15.65 $32,560




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 430 4.38 7.34 $20.21 $42,030
Lewiston, ID-WA 90 3.95 6.61 $16.29 $33,890
Hattiesburg, MS 150 2.73 4.58 $13.49 $28,050
Rapid City, SD 150 2.63 4.40 $14.52 $30,200
Sioux Falls, SD 320 2.37 3.97 $15.03 $31,270
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 370 2.25 3.77 $12.29 $25,560
Janesville, WI 130 2.19 3.67 $17.15 $35,670
Eau Claire, WI 160 2.07 3.46 $16.98 $35,310
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 210 1.92 3.22 $17.17 $35,710
Iowa City, IA 140 1.69 2.84 $15.90 $33,080