Medical transcriptionists

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2019 Workforce
52.8k
Average Age
35.2
Estimated Job Growth
−2.22%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$22,012
Average Male Salary
$18,634
Average Female Salary
$23,004

About

Medical transcriptionists are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Medical transcriptionists was $22,012 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Medical transcriptionists by wage are Home health aides, Transportation attendants, except flight attendants, and Graders & sorters, agricultural products.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Medical transcriptionists are Tempe City (North) PUMA, AZ and Toledo City (West) PUMA, OH. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Medical transcriptionists are Tempe City (North) PUMA, AZ and Toledo City (West) PUMA, OH.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Medical transcriptionists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Medical transcriptionists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Medical transcriptionists, by average wage, is Offices of physicians. Medical transcriptionists are paid most in Tempe City (North) PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Tempe City (North) PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$22,012
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,051

In 2019, Medical transcriptionists earned an average of $22,012, $33,512 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Home health aides make somewhat more than Medical transcriptionists while Transportation attendants, except flight attendants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Medical transcriptionists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.274
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Medical transcriptionists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.274, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Medical transcriptionists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Medical transcriptionists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Medical transcriptionists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Medical transcriptionists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

52.8k
2019 Workforce
± 5,641
5.31%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14.5%

The number of people employed as Medical transcriptionists has been growing at a rate of 5.31%, from 50,152 people in 2018 to 52,816 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Medical transcriptionists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Medical transcriptionists at  37.4%, followed by Business support services with 22.9% and Offices of physicians with 17.9%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Medical transcriptionists in the US. The average age of male Medical transcriptionists in the workforce is 24.8 and of female Medical transcriptionists is 38.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Medical transcriptionists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

12k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,688
40.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,960

77.3% of Medical transcriptionists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Medical transcriptionists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Medical transcriptionists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

66.5% of Medical transcriptionists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.1% of Medical transcriptionists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Medical transcriptionists.

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Age by Gender

24.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.13
38.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.11

The median age of Medical transcriptionists is 35.2, and Male employees are generally 13.5 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Medical transcriptionists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Medical transcriptionists is Biology but a relatively high number of Medical transcriptionists hold a major in Biology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Medical transcriptionists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical transcriptionists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Medical transcriptionists need more than the average amount of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Medical Transcriptionists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Medical Transcriptionists are expected to see a growth of −2.22% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−2.22%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Medical Transcriptionists. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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