Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
53,730 3.1 % $17.48 $36,350 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.50 $12.70 $16.72 $20.91 $24.89
Annual Wage (2) $21,840 $26,410 $34,770 $43,490 $51,780


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 16,540 1.83 $15.09 $31,380
Offices of Physicians 13,440 0.52 $18.12 $37,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,330 0.20 $19.65 $40,870
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,900 0.21 $17.26 $35,900
Employment Services 1,680 0.05 $16.29 $33,890

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 16,540 1.83 $15.09 $31,380
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,410 0.52 $20.25 $42,120
Offices of Physicians 13,440 0.52 $18.12 $37,700
Office Administrative Services 1,130 0.23 $15.88 $33,040
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,900 0.21 $17.26 $35,900

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) 300 0.01 $21.22 $44,150
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 210 0.02 $20.91 $43,490
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 1,410 0.52 $20.25 $42,120
Offices of Dentists 480 0.05 $20.17 $41,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,330 0.20 $19.65 $40,870


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 5,280 0.61 1.65 $17.04 $35,440
California 4,920 0.29 0.78 $19.46 $40,480
Texas 4,780 0.39 1.06 $17.68 $36,780
Virginia 2,820 0.74 1.98 $16.40 $34,110
Pennsylvania 2,540 0.43 1.17 $18.64 $38,770




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 530 1.26 3.40 $16.87 $35,100
Virginia 2,820 0.74 1.98 $16.40 $34,110
Idaho 500 0.71 1.91 $14.39 $29,940
West Virginia 480 0.69 1.86 $16.57 $34,470
Kansas 850 0.62 1.67 $15.69 $32,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.24 0.65 $23.76 $49,420
New Jersey 900 0.22 0.60 $21.25 $44,200
Minnesota 780 0.27 0.73 $20.77 $43,200
Maryland 660 0.25 0.66 $20.71 $43,070
New York 1,450 0.15 0.42 $20.20 $42,020





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,260 0.37 1.00 $16.37 $34,050
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,870 0.40 1.09 $14.96 $31,110
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,860 0.52 1.40 $19.76 $41,090
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,670 1.33 3.57 $15.96 $33,200
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,120 0.85 2.30 $19.00 $39,510
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,110 0.12 0.31 $22.27 $46,320
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 970 0.96 2.59 $11.21 $23,330
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 930 0.47 1.27 $16.13 $33,540
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 880 0.31 0.83 $22.76 $47,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 850 0.32 0.85 $17.66 $36,730




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)
Sioux Falls, SD 260 1.66 4.48 $17.08 $35,520
Roanoke, VA 250 1.65 4.44 $13.91 $28,930
Topeka, KS 180 1.60 4.30 $10.95 $22,780
Rapid City, SD 100 1.45 3.90 $18.18 $37,810
Tucson, AZ 510 1.38 3.70 $12.28 $25,540
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,670 1.33 3.57 $15.96 $33,200
Morgantown, WV 70 1.12 3.02 $20.13 $41,860
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.10 2.95 $12.14 $25,250
Redding, CA 70 1.09 2.93 $17.87 $37,160
Chico, CA 90 1.08 2.91 $21.79 $45,320