Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
74,810 2.0 % $16.66 $34,650 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.77 $13.29 $16.36 $19.62 $22.71
Annual Wage (2) $22,400 $27,650 $34,020 $40,820 $47,250


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 27,510 0.53 $17.57 $36,540
Offices of Physicians 19,700 0.83 $16.71 $34,760
Business Support Services 16,140 1.95 $14.84 $30,860
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,210 0.94 $18.38 $38,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,670 0.08 $16.77 $34,880

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 16,140 1.95 $14.84 $30,860
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,210 0.94 $18.38 $38,230
Offices of Physicians 19,700 0.83 $16.71 $34,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 27,510 0.53 $17.57 $36,540
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 550 0.24 $18.33 $38,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 240 0.02 $18.98 $39,480
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,210 0.94 $18.38 $38,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 250 (7) $18.36 $38,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 550 0.24 $18.33 $38,130
Office Administrative Services 720 0.18 $18.08 $37,600


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)
California 4,600 0.32 0.56 $21.52 $44,770
Texas 4,590 0.43 0.76 $16.13 $33,550
Pennsylvania 4,520 0.81 1.41 $16.01 $33,310
Florida 4,170 0.57 1.00 $15.17 $31,550
New York 3,910 0.46 0.80 $17.89 $37,200




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 690 1.74 3.04 $14.66 $30,500
Wisconsin 3,230 1.21 2.11 $16.82 $34,990
Minnesota 2,930 1.11 1.93 $17.78 $36,980
Maine 630 1.08 1.87 $15.60 $32,460
Idaho 640 1.06 1.85 $14.90 $30,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,380 0.43 0.75 $21.99 $45,730
Alaska 120 0.36 0.63 $21.61 $44,960
California 4,600 0.32 0.56 $21.52 $44,770
District of Columbia 130 0.20 0.35 $21.02 $43,720
Connecticut 690 0.43 0.74 $19.16 $39,840





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.33 0.57 $19.78 $41,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,360 0.78 1.36 $17.94 $37,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.35 0.61 $23.43 $48,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.36 0.62 $17.92 $37,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.68 1.19 $18.21 $37,870
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,230 1.24 2.16 $15.04 $31,270
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,160 0.44 0.77 $16.19 $33,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,140 0.66 1.15 $17.38 $36,160
Pittsburgh, PA 1,070 0.95 1.65 $15.86 $32,990
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 890 1.10 1.92 $17.68 $36,780




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)
Lewiston, ID-WA 80 3.49 6.07 $15.92 $33,110
Hattiesburg, MS 160 2.82 4.91 $13.63 $28,360
Gadsden, AL 80 2.31 4.03 $11.58 $24,090
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 560 2.19 3.82 $18.03 $37,500
Rapid City, SD 130 2.18 3.80 $14.99 $31,180
Bangor, ME 140 2.16 3.76 $14.82 $30,830
Janesville, WI 130 2.16 3.77 $17.19 $35,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 360 2.14 3.73 $12.40 $25,790
Sioux Falls, SD 290 2.08 3.62 $15.29 $31,790
Eau Claire, WI 160 2.07 3.61 $17.73 $36,870