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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Medical Transcriptionists
Industry profile for Medical Transcriptionists
Geographic profile for Medical Transcriptionists

National estimates for Medical Transcriptionists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Medical Transcriptionists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
55,830 3.7 % $ 16.45 $ 34,220 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Transcriptionists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.97 $ 13.57 $ 14.47 $ 18.38 $ 23.17
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,810 $ 28,220 $ 30,100 $ 38,220 $ 48,190


Industry profile for Medical Transcriptionists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Medical Transcriptionists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Support Services 17,320 2.10 $ 13.28 $ 27,610
Offices of Physicians 14,940 0.55 $ 18.14 $ 37,730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,640 0.12 $ 20.41 $ 42,460
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,750 0.11 $ 13.36 $ 27,800
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,430 0.15 $ 15.87 $ 33,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Medical Transcriptionists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Support Services 17,320 2.10 $ 13.28 $ 27,610
Offices of Physicians 14,940 0.55 $ 18.14 $ 37,730
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,390 0.47 $ 22.21 $ 46,190
Office Administrative Services 920 0.19 $ 19.48 $ 40,520
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,430 0.15 $ 15.87 $ 33,020

Top paying industries for Medical Transcriptionists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 520 0.05 $ 24.19 $ 50,320
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services (8) (8) $ 23.60 $ 49,090
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,390 0.47 $ 22.21 $ 46,190
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 140 (7) $ 22.00 $ 45,750
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 50 (7) $ 21.60 $ 44,930


Geographic profile for Medical Transcriptionists:

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



Map of employment of medical transcriptionists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Medical Transcriptionists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 5,850 0.68 1.72 $ 15.25 $ 31,710
Texas 4,980 0.41 1.03 $ 14.50 $ 30,170
New York 3,030 0.35 0.88 $ 16.64 $ 34,600
Pennsylvania 1,940 0.35 0.88 $ 17.86 $ 37,140
Illinois 1,840 0.33 0.83 $ 15.78 $ 32,830


Map of location quotient of medical transcriptionists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Transcriptionists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 380 0.90 2.26 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
North Dakota 340 0.86 2.17 $ 16.32 $ 33,940
Florida 5,850 0.68 1.72 $ 15.25 $ 31,710
Oregon 1,160 0.64 1.60 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
Delaware 270 0.62 1.57 $ 16.61 $ 34,540


Map of annual mean wages of medical transcriptionists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Medical Transcriptionists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 900 0.57 1.45 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Alaska 100 0.34 0.86 $ 21.51 $ 44,730
Minnesota 690 0.25 0.63 $ 21.34 $ 44,390
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $ 21.15 $ 43,990
Montana 130 0.27 0.69 $ 20.98 $ 43,640



Map of employment of medical transcriptionists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Medical Transcriptionists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,820 0.32 0.82 $ 17.37 $ 36,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,730 0.48 1.21 $ 15.04 $ 31,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,680 0.40 1.00 $ 14.60 $ 30,380
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,620 1.38 3.48 $ 13.53 $ 28,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,080 0.42 1.05 $ 13.56 $ 28,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,050 0.50 1.25 $ 15.49 $ 32,220
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 920 0.71 1.80 $ 16.06 $ 33,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 860 0.30 0.75 $ 15.45 $ 32,140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 860 0.35 0.88 $ 16.84 $ 35,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 830 0.31 0.79 $ 18.36 $ 38,180


Map of location quotient of medical transcriptionists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Transcriptionists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnson City, TN 250 3.26 8.22 $ 11.59 $ 24,100
Saginaw, MI 130 1.69 4.26 $ 12.77 $ 26,550
Chico, CA 110 1.45 3.67 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,620 1.38 3.48 $ 13.53 $ 28,130
Medford, OR 110 1.33 3.35 $ 20.53 $ 42,700
Salinas, CA 220 1.32 3.33 $ 16.50 $ 34,320
Gainesville, FL 170 1.28 3.23 $ 16.41 $ 34,130
Lafayette, LA 230 1.24 3.13 $ 16.68 $ 34,700
Springfield, IL 120 1.19 3.01 $ 14.25 $ 29,640
Gadsden, AL 40 1.19 3.00 $ 12.60 $ 26,210


Map of annual mean wages of medical transcriptionists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Medical Transcriptionists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.30 0.77 $ 24.85 $ 51,700
New Haven, CT 70 0.25 0.63 $ 23.85 $ 49,600
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 560 1.03 2.61 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 23.25 $ 48,350
Trenton, NJ 30 0.14 0.36 $ 22.97 $ 47,780
Bend-Redmond, OR 70 0.80 2.03 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
Chico, CA 110 1.45 3.67 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 350 0.18 0.46 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.19 0.47 $ 22.11 $ 46,000
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.39 1.00 $ 22.10 $ 45,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Medical Transcriptionists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.32 0.82 $ 15.61 $ 32,460
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 2.09 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.52 1.31 $ 16.71 $ 34,760
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 1.36 $ 17.07 $ 35,510
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 1.06 $ 18.72 $ 38,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Transcriptionists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.98 2.48 $ 13.98 $ 29,080
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 2.09 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 1.67 $ 18.75 $ 39,000
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 1.54 $ 13.90 $ 28,920
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 1.36 $ 17.47 $ 36,340

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Medical Transcriptionists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.55 $ 21.21 $ 44,110
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.52 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 1.19 $ 19.69 $ 40,950
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.80 $ 19.28 $ 40,100
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.52 $ 19.16 $ 39,860


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022