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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
49,530 4.8 % $ 17.94 $ 37,310 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Transcriptionists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.48 $ 13.01 $ 16.96 $ 21.76 $ 26.55
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,790 $ 27,070 $ 35,270 $ 45,260 $ 55,220


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 16,650 2.00 $ 16.55 $ 34,410
Offices of Physicians 14,160 0.55 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,100 0.14 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,370 0.50 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Outpatient Care Centers 1,220 0.13 $ 15.08 $ 31,370

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 16,650 2.00 $ 16.55 $ 34,410
Offices of Physicians 14,160 0.55 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,370 0.50 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,100 0.14 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
Outpatient Care Centers 1,220 0.13 $ 15.08 $ 31,370

Top paying industries for Medical Transcriptionists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $ 24.45 $ 50,850
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 240 (7) $ 22.31 $ 46,400
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 140 0.01 $ 21.49 $ 44,690
Legal Services 50 (7) $ 21.44 $ 44,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 170 0.06 $ 21.16 $ 44,010


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.





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)
California 5,180 0.32 0.89 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Texas 3,800 0.31 0.88 $ 17.40 $ 36,200
Florida 3,480 0.41 1.16 $ 16.30 $ 33,900
Pennsylvania 2,790 0.51 1.42 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
New York 2,550 0.29 0.83 $ 17.36 $ 36,110




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 480 1.18 3.30 $ 18.19 $ 37,830
Nevada 1,110 0.89 2.49 $ 17.06 $ 35,490
Nebraska 750 0.80 2.24 $ 20.15 $ 41,920
Oregon 1,340 0.74 2.08 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
Virginia 2,190 0.59 1.66 $ 15.14 $ 31,500




Top paying states for Medical Transcriptionists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,180 0.32 0.89 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Minnesota 450 0.17 0.47 $ 22.79 $ 47,400
Connecticut 800 0.52 1.46 $ 22.73 $ 47,270
New Jersey 960 0.25 0.71 $ 21.56 $ 44,840
Vermont 90 0.31 0.88 $ 20.71 $ 43,080





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,130 0.54 1.51 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,350 0.27 0.75 $ 17.77 $ 36,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,830 0.42 1.18 $ 12.24 $ 25,460
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,330 0.37 1.04 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,180 0.56 1.57 $ 16.13 $ 33,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,110 0.42 1.19 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,010 0.37 1.05 $ 15.99 $ 33,250
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 990 0.83 2.34 $ 12.35 $ 25,700
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 910 1.01 2.83 $ 17.20 $ 35,780
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 830 0.72 2.04 $ 17.62 $ 36,650




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)
Corvallis, OR 70 2.03 5.71 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Gadsden, AL 60 1.91 5.35 $ 12.14 $ 25,240
Chico, CA 140 1.86 5.23 $ 20.43 $ 42,500
Medford, OR 130 1.60 4.50 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Sioux Falls, SD 240 1.53 4.30 $ 18.85 $ 39,210
Rapid City, SD 70 1.17 3.29 $ 18.05 $ 37,550
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 70 1.07 3.01 $ 11.69 $ 24,320
Charlottesville, VA 110 1.03 2.90 $ 16.11 $ 33,500
Saginaw, MI 80 1.01 2.85 $ 11.80 $ 24,540
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 910 1.01 2.83 $ 17.20 $ 35,780




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)
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 30 0.31 0.88 $ 27.91 $ 58,050
Bend-Redmond, OR 40 0.46 1.29 $ 27.14 $ 56,450
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 26.79 $ 55,720
Port St. Lucie, FL 40 0.25 0.71 $ 26.16 $ 54,410
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 220 0.16 0.44 $ 26.10 $ 54,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 0.25 $ 25.09 $ 52,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.21 $ 24.93 $ 51,850
Modesto, CA 60 0.32 0.89 $ 24.46 $ 50,880
Binghamton, NY 70 0.72 2.02 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 50 0.05 0.14 $ 24.00 $ 49,920

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 130 0.33 0.94 $ 15.93 $ 33,130
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 3.07 $ 15.99 $ 33,250
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 4.26 $ 17.64 $ 36,680
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.21 $ 17.11 $ 35,600
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 1.97 $ 10.99 $ 22,860

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)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 4.26 $ 17.64 $ 36,680
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 3.07 $ 15.99 $ 33,250
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.94 2.65 $ 16.84 $ 35,040
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 1.97 $ 10.99 $ 22,860
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 1.90 $ 13.39 $ 27,850

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.74 $ 23.03 $ 47,910
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.45 $ 21.70 $ 45,140
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.77 $ 21.05 $ 43,770
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 0.67 $ 20.40 $ 42,420
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 20.21 $ 42,030


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021