Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
68,350 2.0 % $16.95 $35,260 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.94 $13.50 $16.63 $20.08 $23.06
Annual Wage (2) $22,750 $28,080 $34,590 $41,770 $47,960


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 24,840 0.47 $17.91 $37,250
Offices of Physicians 17,850 0.74 $16.87 $35,080
Business Support Services 14,470 1.69 $15.45 $32,140
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,330 0.96 $18.77 $39,040
Outpatient Care Centers 1,540 0.23 $16.18 $33,650

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 14,470 1.69 $15.45 $32,140
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,330 0.96 $18.77 $39,040
Offices of Physicians 17,850 0.74 $16.87 $35,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 24,840 0.47 $17.91 $37,250
Outpatient Care Centers 1,540 0.23 $16.18 $33,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $21.46 $44,640
Home Health Care Services 130 0.01 $19.37 $40,290
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 450 0.19 $18.85 $39,210
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,330 0.96 $18.77 $39,040
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 80 0.01 $18.72 $38,940


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 4,860 0.65 1.27 $15.56 $32,360
Pennsylvania 4,330 0.77 1.49 $16.34 $33,990
California 4,190 0.28 0.55 $21.32 $44,340
Texas 4,140 0.38 0.74 $16.68 $34,700
New York 3,700 0.43 0.83 $18.08 $37,600




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 640 1.58 3.06 $14.69 $30,550
North Dakota 460 1.09 2.11 $15.62 $32,480
Wisconsin 2,930 1.08 2.10 $17.66 $36,740
Vermont 310 1.05 2.03 $18.33 $38,120
Idaho 600 0.98 1.91 $15.02 $31,230




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 130 0.19 0.37 $22.36 $46,520
Massachusetts 1,310 0.40 0.78 $22.07 $45,910
California 4,190 0.28 0.55 $21.32 $44,340
Connecticut 730 0.45 0.87 $19.58 $40,730
Alaska 150 0.48 0.93 $18.74 $38,980





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 1,600 0.31 0.59 $20.18 $41,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,250 0.54 1.05 $16.86 $35,070
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.67 1.29 $18.05 $37,550
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,210 1.19 2.32 $15.21 $31,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,150 0.64 1.25 $16.82 $34,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.28 0.55 $23.98 $49,880
Pittsburgh, PA 1,080 0.96 1.85 $16.38 $34,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,010 0.37 0.71 $17.09 $35,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 920 0.25 0.48 $19.01 $39,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 820 0.46 0.90 $17.38 $36,140




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)
Hattiesburg, MS 170 2.93 5.68 $14.10 $29,330
Wausau, WI 150 2.25 4.37 $17.51 $36,410
Hot Springs, AR 70 2.14 4.15 $13.82 $28,750
Johnstown, PA 120 2.12 4.11 $12.96 $26,950
Bismarck, ND 140 2.08 4.04 $16.87 $35,100
Rapid City, SD 120 2.04 3.95 $14.54 $30,240
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 400 2.03 3.94 $14.35 $29,850
Lewiston, ID-WA 50 2.01 3.90 $16.17 $33,640
Eau Claire, WI 150 1.91 3.70 $18.15 $37,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 330 1.90 3.68 $11.32 $23,550