Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
61,210 2.5 % $17.11 $35,580 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.68 $13.45 $16.71 $20.36 $23.70
Annual Wage (2) $22,220 $27,970 $34,750 $42,340 $49,290


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 21,400 0.41 $18.29 $38,050
Offices of Physicians 15,920 0.65 $17.04 $35,440
Business Support Services 13,350 1.51 $15.48 $32,200
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,080 0.83 $18.72 $38,940
Outpatient Care Centers 1,600 0.23 $17.34 $36,060

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 13,350 1.51 $15.48 $32,200
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,080 0.83 $18.72 $38,940
Offices of Physicians 15,920 0.65 $17.04 $35,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 21,400 0.41 $18.29 $38,050
Outpatient Care Centers 1,600 0.23 $17.34 $36,060

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 460 0.18 $19.08 $39,690
Home Health Care Services 130 0.01 $18.77 $39,040
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,080 0.83 $18.72 $38,940
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $18.37 $38,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 21,400 0.41 $18.29 $38,050


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)
Florida 4,160 0.54 1.20 $15.84 $32,940
Texas 4,080 0.36 0.80 $16.30 $33,910
California 3,950 0.26 0.58 $21.66 $45,060
Pennsylvania 3,910 0.69 1.53 $16.50 $34,320
New York 3,210 0.36 0.80 $18.05 $37,540



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 600 1.48 3.26 $14.50 $30,160
North Dakota 490 1.12 2.47 $15.75 $32,750
Vermont 300 0.98 2.17 $17.79 $37,010
Wisconsin 2,420 0.89 1.96 $18.23 $37,910
Minnesota 2,260 0.83 1.83 $17.63 $36,670



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,070 0.32 0.71 $22.74 $47,290
District of Columbia 100 0.15 0.32 $22.41 $46,610
California 3,950 0.26 0.58 $21.66 $45,060
Washington 1,550 0.53 1.18 $20.64 $42,930
Connecticut 760 0.46 1.02 $20.05 $41,710




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.26 0.58 $20.13 $41,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,250 0.53 1.16 $17.10 $35,570
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.56 1.23 $18.41 $38,290
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 980 0.26 0.58 $17.11 $35,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.52 1.14 $16.44 $34,200
Pittsburgh, PA 930 0.83 1.83 $16.63 $34,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.23 0.51 $24.68 $51,340
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 850 0.72 1.58 $18.31 $38,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 760 0.42 0.92 $17.71 $36,830
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 700 0.53 1.17 $18.98 $39,480



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)
Rapid City, SD 120 1.99 4.40 $14.51 $30,190
Hot Springs, AR 70 1.97 4.35 $13.75 $28,600
Bangor, ME 120 1.94 4.29 $16.08 $33,440
Wausau, WI 130 1.91 4.21 $17.35 $36,080
Bismarck, ND 130 1.84 4.07 $17.64 $36,690
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.82 4.02 $16.97 $35,290
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 320 1.78 3.94 $10.88 $22,630
Eau Claire, WI 140 1.75 3.87 $17.10 $35,570
Morgantown, WV 110 1.65 3.65 $14.60 $30,380
Johnstown, PA 90 1.62 3.58 $12.54 $26,090