Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
55,880 2.9 % $17.50 $36,400 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.42 $12.96 $16.95 $20.97 $24.72
Annual Wage (2) $21,670 $26,960 $35,250 $43,610 $51,410


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)
Business Support Services 15,520 1.70 $15.07 $31,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,460 0.24 $19.51 $40,580
Offices of Physicians 13,210 0.52 $18.07 $37,590
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,250 0.26 $17.18 $35,740
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,580 0.59 $20.13 $41,860

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 15,520 1.70 $15.07 $31,340
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,580 0.59 $20.13 $41,860
Offices of Physicians 13,210 0.52 $18.07 $37,590
Office Administrative Services 1,370 0.28 $17.48 $36,370
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,250 0.26 $17.18 $35,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 250 (7) $21.04 $43,760
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,580 0.59 $20.13 $41,860
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 310 0.12 $19.64 $40,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,460 0.24 $19.51 $40,580
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 (7) $19.27 $40,080


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 6,620 0.79 2.01 $17.08 $35,530
Texas 5,150 0.43 1.10 $17.48 $36,350
California 4,990 0.30 0.76 $19.87 $41,340
Ohio 2,250 0.42 1.07 $17.92 $37,280
Virginia 2,200 0.58 1.48 $16.45 $34,220




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 520 1.24 3.17 $16.14 $33,570
Florida 6,620 0.79 2.01 $17.08 $35,530
Idaho 530 0.78 1.98 $14.92 $31,030
Oregon 1,220 0.66 1.70 $18.79 $39,080
Kansas 870 0.63 1.62 $14.27 $29,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.34 0.86 $21.83 $45,400
New Jersey 1,030 0.26 0.65 $20.97 $43,610
Rhode Island 130 0.26 0.67 $20.91 $43,500
Minnesota 1,050 0.37 0.95 $20.68 $43,010
Massachusetts 700 0.20 0.51 $20.11 $41,830



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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)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,940 1.61 4.10 $17.09 $35,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.40 1.02 $17.88 $37,180
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,520 1.19 3.03 $19.17 $39,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.42 1.06 $14.85 $30,880
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.52 3.88 $12.37 $25,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 910 0.35 0.89 $17.12 $35,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 900 0.31 0.78 $21.12 $43,940
St. Louis, MO-IL 870 0.64 1.63 $18.30 $38,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 0.85 $25.88 $53,830
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 830 0.12 0.31 $22.48 $46,760


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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)
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 160 2.99 7.63 $15.97 $33,220
Rapid City, SD 120 1.77 4.51 $16.61 $34,540
Roanoke, VA 260 1.72 4.39 $14.42 $30,000
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,940 1.61 4.10 $17.09 $35,540
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.52 3.88 $12.37 $25,730
Tucson, AZ 540 1.47 3.74 $11.88 $24,700
Topeka, KS 150 1.37 3.49 $11.09 $23,060
Sioux Falls, SD 190 1.24 3.16 $16.51 $34,350
Chico, CA 100 1.20 3.05 $20.82 $43,310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,520 1.19 3.03 $19.17 $39,880


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 0.85 $25.88 $53,830
Anchorage, AK 50 0.27 0.68 $25.04 $52,090
Stockton-Lodi, CA 40 0.15 0.37 $24.35 $50,640
Amarillo, TX 50 0.44 1.12 $24.30 $50,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.14 0.36 $24.10 $50,120
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.12 0.32 $23.59 $49,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 270 0.14 0.37 $23.39 $48,650
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 330 0.34 0.86 $22.97 $47,770
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 830 0.12 0.31 $22.48 $46,760
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $22.34 $46,470

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.02 2.60 $18.35 $38,160
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.86 2.18 $15.61 $32,470
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 1.61 $17.10 $35,560
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.22 $18.75 $38,990
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 90 1.14 2.90 $16.76 $34,850

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.34 3.41 $15.37 $31,970
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.28 3.27 $15.90 $33,060
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 90 1.14 2.90 $16.76 $34,850
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.12 2.85 $17.90 $37,240
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 1.03 2.63 $12.74 $26,490

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 0.91 $20.18 $41,980
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 1.32 $20.05 $41,710
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.20 $39,930
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.30 $18.79 $39,090
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.22 $18.75 $38,990


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018