Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
82,810 1.5 % $16.03 $33,350 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.78 $13.09 $15.68 $18.76 $21.97
Annual Wage (2) $22,430 $27,230 $32,600 $39,020 $45,700


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 34,430 $16.58 $34,480
Offices of Physicians 22,310 $15.58 $32,410
Business Support Services 13,500 $14.92 $31,040
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,530 $18.60 $38,680
Outpatient Care Centers 1,840 $15.80 $32,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,530 $18.60 $38,680
Insurance Carriers 30 $18.26 $37,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 $17.44 $36,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 $17.44 $36,260
Offices of Dentists 730 $17.39 $36,170


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Dakota 780 $13.66 $28,410 1.991
North Dakota 670 $13.32 $27,700 1.888
Maine 1,010 $15.70 $32,660 1.718
Wisconsin 3,810 $16.05 $33,390 1.416
Iowa 1,900 $15.09 $31,390 1.293

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 1,510 $20.62 $42,880 0.477
Alaska 110 $20.50 $42,640 0.368
California 6,150 $19.76 $41,100 0.423
Hawaii 130 $18.72 $38,950 0.215
New Jersey 1,680 $18.63 $38,750 0.436


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Bangor, ME 210 $15.46 $32,150 3.323
Lewiston, ID-WA 70 $17.63 $36,660 2.823
Eau Claire, WI 200 $16.18 $33,660 2.697
Rapid City, SD 160 $14.20 $29,540 2.659
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 220 $32.38 $67,360 2.549

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 220 $32.38 $67,360 2.549
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) $25.96 $53,990 (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 $23.40 $48,670 0.294
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 210 $23.37 $48,620 0.371
Salinas, CA 70 $23.00 $47,840 0.474


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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