Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
54,070 2.8 % $17.86 $37,150 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.73 $13.78 $17.17 $21.01 $24.83
Annual Wage (2) $22,330 $28,660 $35,720 $43,700 $51,640


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 15,460 0.29 $19.37 $40,300
Offices of Physicians 13,690 0.54 $18.05 $37,550
Business Support Services 12,890 1.40 $16.26 $33,830
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,770 0.67 $19.70 $40,970
Employment Services 1,660 0.05 $15.90 $33,070

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 12,890 1.40 $16.26 $33,830
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,770 0.67 $19.70 $40,970
Offices of Physicians 13,690 0.54 $18.05 $37,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,460 0.29 $19.37 $40,300
Office Administrative Services 1,300 0.27 $17.25 $35,880

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 380 0.15 $19.90 $41,380
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,770 0.67 $19.70 $40,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 250 (7) $19.50 $40,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,460 0.29 $19.37 $40,300
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $19.20 $39,930


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 5,300 0.64 1.67 $16.38 $34,070
Texas 4,680 0.40 1.03 $19.51 $40,590
California 3,880 0.24 0.63 $21.95 $45,650
Pennsylvania 2,530 0.44 1.14 $19.15 $39,840
New York 2,190 0.24 0.62 $18.75 $39,000




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 610 1.45 3.76 $15.11 $31,420
Idaho 570 0.87 2.25 $15.01 $31,220
North Dakota 310 0.74 1.91 $17.06 $35,480
Iowa 1,010 0.66 1.71 $16.23 $33,750
Florida 5,300 0.64 1.67 $16.38 $34,070




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 40 0.05 0.13 $23.19 $48,230
Massachusetts 730 0.21 0.55 $22.94 $47,710
California 3,880 0.24 0.63 $21.95 $45,650
Washington 1,620 0.53 1.37 $21.87 $45,480
Alaska 120 0.37 0.97 $21.26 $44,220





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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,630 1.29 3.34 $18.23 $37,910
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,300 1.11 2.88 $13.78 $28,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.18 0.48 $21.00 $43,690
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.28 0.71 $16.74 $34,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 980 0.38 1.00 $17.14 $35,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.23 0.59 $23.24 $48,340
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 860 0.54 1.41 $22.20 $46,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 750 0.25 0.66 $22.73 $47,280
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 740 0.76 1.98 $11.03 $22,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 710 0.29 0.75 $29.27 $60,870




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)
Chico, CA 130 1.76 4.56 $22.15 $46,080
Rapid City, SD 110 1.74 4.52 $14.51 $30,180
Morgantown, WV 90 1.36 3.54 $16.25 $33,800
Sioux Falls, SD 200 1.34 3.47 $15.92 $33,120
Eau Claire, WI 110 1.33 3.46 $17.47 $36,330
Albany, OR 60 1.33 3.45 $20.19 $41,990
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.32 3.43 $17.95 $37,340
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,630 1.29 3.34 $18.23 $37,910
Saginaw, MI 110 1.26 3.28 $15.37 $31,970
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 220 1.23 3.20 $11.74 $24,430