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Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 10018$22.24/hr$12.64/hr$18.83/hr$25.37/hr$25.57/hr$25.76/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services280$23.53/hr
Education and Health Services410$25.57/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$25.57/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$20.24/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$20.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 40$24.35/hr-17.9%
Southwest Minnesota 40$20.29/hr-26.9%
Northwest Balance of State 40$24.36/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$24.35/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$25.57/hr-25.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$25.57/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$25.58/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 100$25.37/hr-19.6%
Southeast Minnesota 120$24.35/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 320$25.73/hr-23.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 340$25.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 690$25.37/hr-21.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Receptionists and Information Clerks 15,010$18.07/hr-0.1%
Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 2,680$30.77/hr-21.3%
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 510$19.04/hr-27.5%
Word Processors and Typists 90$24.34/hrN/A

  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
  • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.
  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
  • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
  • Receive patients, schedule appointments, and maintain patient records.
  • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
  • Perform a variety of clerical and office tasks, such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, completing and submitting insurance claims, typing, filing, or operating office machines.