Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists

Use transcribing machines with headset and foot pedal to listen to recordings by physicians and other healthcare professionals dictating a variety of medical reports, such as emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form to the dictator for review and signature, or correction.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
92,740 1.7 % $14.01 $29,150 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.67 $11.50 $13.64 $16.32 $19.11
Annual Wage (2) $20,120 $23,930 $28,380 $33,940 $39,750

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 39,650 $14.21 $29,550
Offices of physicians 30,970 $13.80 $28,710
Business support services 8,740 $13.76 $28,610
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 2,270 $15.40 $32,040
Offices of other health practitioners 2,220 $12.05 $25,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 310 $16.23 $33,760
Management and technical consulting services 540 $16.00 $33,270
Individual and family services 170 $15.46 $32,160
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 2,270 $15.40 $32,040
Office administrative services 280 $15.03 $31,260

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
South Dakota 670 $11.80 $24,550 0.182%
West Virginia 1,020 $11.31 $23,520 0.149%
Wisconsin 3,890 $14.12 $29,370 0.145%
Minnesota 3,390 $14.34 $29,830 0.130%
North Dakota 390 $11.65 $24,230 0.122%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 160 $18.15 $37,760 0.055%
Connecticut 970 $16.93 $35,210 0.059%
California 8,720 $16.80 $34,940 0.060%
Maryland 1,020 $16.42 $34,160 0.041%
New Jersey 2,180 $16.22 $33,730 0.056%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rochester, MN MSA 360 $15.63 $32,510 0.412%
Bangor, ME MSA 180 $16.57 $34,470 0.311%
Racine, WI PMSA 200 $13.78 $28,670 0.264%
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 170 $13.89 $28,890 0.255%
Rapid City, SD MSA 120 $13.40 $27,870 0.238%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Danbury, CT PMSA (7) $22.25 $46,270 (7)
Pocatello, ID MSA (7) $20.49 $42,620 (7)
Colorado Springs, CO MSA (7) $19.43 $40,410 (7)
Anchorage, AK MSA 80 $19.28 $40,100 0.057%
Salinas, CA MSA 80 $18.87 $39,250 0.052%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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