Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
78,780 1.6 % $16.12 $33,530 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.56 $13.01 $15.82 $18.87 $22.22
Annual Wage (2) $21,960 $27,070 $32,900 $39,260 $46,220


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 31,590 0.61 $16.81 $34,970
Offices of Physicians 21,100 0.91 $16.02 $33,320
Business Support Services 14,100 1.70 $14.19 $29,510
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,290 1.00 $17.50 $36,410
Outpatient Care Centers 1,830 0.31 $16.76 $34,870

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 14,100 1.70 $14.19 $29,510
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,290 1.00 $17.50 $36,410
Offices of Physicians 21,100 0.91 $16.02 $33,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,590 0.61 $16.81 $34,970
Outpatient Care Centers 1,830 0.31 $16.76 $34,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $18.79 $39,080
Office Administrative Services 670 0.17 $18.09 $37,630
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $17.89 $37,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $17.82 $37,070
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 90 0.01 $17.69 $36,800


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 5,620 0.40 0.65 $20.39 $42,410
Pennsylvania 4,630 0.84 1.36 $15.92 $33,100
Texas 4,280 0.42 0.68 $15.97 $33,220
Florida 3,990 0.56 0.91 $14.69 $30,550
Wisconsin 3,600 1.38 2.23 $16.49 $34,290




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 840 2.16 3.48 $13.89 $28,900
North Dakota 620 1.75 2.82 $14.79 $30,770
Wisconsin 3,600 1.38 2.23 $16.49 $34,290
Maine 770 1.33 2.14 $15.62 $32,490
Minnesota 3,000 1.17 1.89 $17.09 $35,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 100 0.32 0.52 $21.22 $44,130
California 5,620 0.40 0.65 $20.39 $42,410
District of Columbia 40 0.07 0.11 $20.16 $41,930
New Jersey 1,870 0.50 0.80 $19.32 $40,190
Massachusetts 1,050 0.34 0.55 $19.05 $39,620

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.57 0.92 $16.41 $34,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,670 0.99 1.60 $17.36 $36,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.44 0.70 $21.05 $43,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,530 0.91 1.47 $17.36 $36,100
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.79 1.28 $17.60 $36,620
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.26 0.41 $17.68 $36,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.76 1.22 $17.29 $35,960
Pittsburgh, PA 1,010 0.92 1.49 $15.31 $31,840
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 990 1.27 2.04 $17.36 $36,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 950 0.38 0.61 $15.50 $32,240




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)
Rochester, MN 430 4.30 6.94 $19.88 $41,350
Lewiston, ID-WA 90 3.98 6.43 $16.42 $34,150
Bangor, ME 230 3.83 6.18 $14.92 $31,030
Rapid City, SD 160 2.76 4.45 $14.21 $29,570
Eau Claire, WI 190 2.56 4.13 $15.92 $33,110
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 120 2.48 4.00 $15.14 $31,480
Sioux Falls, SD 330 2.47 3.98 $14.44 $30,040
Janesville, WI 120 1.99 3.21 $16.90 $35,160
Cumberland, MD-WV 70 1.87 3.02 $13.27 $27,600
St. Cloud, MN 170 1.87 3.01 $16.37 $34,050




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 170 0.31 0.51 $24.63 $51,230
Salinas, CA 70 0.46 0.73 $23.59 $49,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.35 0.56 $23.56 $49,000
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.38 0.61 $23.28 $48,430
Anchorage, AK 40 0.24 0.39 $21.86 $45,470
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.36 0.57 $21.78 $45,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.44 0.70 $21.05 $43,770
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.62 1.00 $21.03 $43,750
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.25 0.40 $20.90 $43,480
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.87 $43,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 440 2.60 4.19 $15.47 $32,170
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.90 1.46 $12.84 $26,700
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.32 2.13 $15.41 $32,050
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.52 2.45 $13.24 $27,540
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 200 0.92 1.48 $14.10 $29,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 440 2.60 4.19 $15.47 $32,170
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.38 3.84 $12.84 $26,710
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.35 3.79 $18.15 $37,740
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 1.74 2.80 (8) (8)
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 1.69 2.73 $16.30 $33,900

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 0.70 $21.00 $43,680
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 1.28 $19.12 $39,760
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 0.78 $18.24 $37,930
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.35 3.79 $18.15 $37,740
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 0.88 $18.03 $37,500


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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