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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
Northwest Minnesota 409$22.48/hr$19.78/hr$21.10/hr$21.68/hr$24.90/hr$26.23/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services130$26.72/hr
Education and Health Services320$25.80/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/A$25.20/hr-19.6%
Northeast Minnesota N/A$25.80/hr-25.9%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$22.01/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$22.01/hr-26.9%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$23.23/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$21.32/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$24.20/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 40$21.68/hr-17.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$25.80/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 60$26.10/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$25.98/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$25.64/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 110$14.74/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 170$28.23/hr-23.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 180$28.23/hrN/A
Minnesota 450$25.80/hr-21.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Receptionists and Information Clerks 14,630$17.21/hr-0.1%
Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 2,850$29.93/hr-21.3%
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 230$19.78/hr-27.5%
Word Processors and Typists 150$21.58/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.