Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 8011$21.52/hr$17.44/hr$19.64/hr$22.07/hr$24.05/hr$25.37/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services60$20.51/hr
Education and Health Services470$21.87/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Minnesota N/A$22.59/hr-10.1%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$21.58/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$19.88/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$22.52/hr1.9%
Southwest Minnesota 40$18.89/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$21.91/hr5.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$22.69/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$17.21/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$20.54/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 70$22.13/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$22.07/hr2.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 200$21.24/hr5.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 220$21.55/hrN/A
Minnesota 530$21.76/hr-1.4%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Receptionists and Information Clerks 16,900$14.83/hr5.2%
Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 3,390$25.75/hr-20.0%
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 760$17.20/hr-12.6%
Word Processors and Typists 320$20.86/hr-29.6%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 5,580$26.80/hr13.3%
Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 3,400$18.91/hr10.0%
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 6,790$22.52/hr7.0%
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 13,790$20.63/hr15.1%


  • 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.
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility 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.
  • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.