Working From Home: A Medical Transcriptionist Salary

Name: Doralynn Kennedy
Job Title: Medical Transcriptionist
Where: Virtual
Employer: Independent Contractor
Years of Experience: 1
Education: Medical Transcription School
Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average medical transcriptionist salary.

Working From Home: A Medical Transcriptionist Salary

"How do I find medical transcriptionist jobs?" is a question we hear more and more these days. Many people are seeking flexible jobs that allow them to work from home. Medical transcriptionist jobs offer a great option for anyone who dreams of working at their own home office. Medical transcriptionist Dorylanne Kennedy recently gave us inside information about medical transcriptionist training, helpful websites for medical transcriptionists, home-based medical transcriptionist jobs, and medical transcription companies. She also gave us a realistic picture of a medical transcriptionist salary and what it's like to attend training. This interview is a must-read for anyone interested in working from home or pursuing medical transcriptionist jobs.

Medical Transcriptionist Job Description:

It's a little difficult to explain. It may be helpful if I first give you the life cycle of a medical record. It all starts when the patient sees the doctor. After that visit, the doctor will dictate his report into a phone or a microphone. That dictation is captured on a voice capturing system. That voice file is then downloaded to the medical transcriptionist.

At this point, the transcriptionist transcribes the doctor's file and uploads the completed document to the hospital or clinic – where it is filed for the patient. A coder then codes the document from the transcribed report. The biller bills the visit from the coded document. Insurance and patient are billed, then the completed documents are filed for the patient. As you can see, the transcriptionist provides a crucial link in the life of a medical document.

Since this is a legal document, it is important that the transcriptionist ensures the accuracy of each and every report transcribed. Each report must be grammatically correct, formatted correctly, and follow the style guidelines of the AAMT. The transcriptionist must also know the guidelines for the doctor, hospital, or clinic they are assigned to. Difficult medical terms must be researched. A medical transcriptionist must have a thorough knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and disease processes. He or she needs to know medical abbreviations and how to deal with them.

A medical transcriptionist needs to know what kinds of changes she can and can't make to a doctor's report. She also needs a good ear because there are many challenges in a dictation. Some doctors are good dictators, but most are not. If you think their signatures are bad, you should hear them dictate! They stop, lose their train of thought, start up again at a different point. They mumble, speed talk, dictate through ringing phones, dictate while eating, yawning, and carrying on conversations that have nothing to do with the report.

There is often background noise that makes it nearly impossible to hear what a doctor is saying. Another challenge faced by the transcriptionist is the ESL doctor. Some accents are very difficult to understand, so a medical transcriptionist needs a good ear for accents.

Why did you choose a medical transcriptionist job?

Before I studied as a medical transcriptionist, I had thought I could do the job since I had previously been a medical assistant. I had a thorough knowledge of medical terms and anatomy. I decided to apply at a medical transcription company, and they were kind enough to let me test. The test was a huge shock. I failed it miserably, but I did learn something from the test.

I learned that I wanted to pursue medical transcription. I started researching the different schools available and soon found out that not all transcription schools were created equally. In fact, there are very few schools that new graduates will get hired out of. I found one that medical transcription companies were working with and studied there. I passed their course with high honors and had three job offers shortly after graduating.

Can you give us some information about becoming a medical transcriptionist? What medical transcriptionist training do you recommend?

If you are interested in pursuing medical transcription, then I strongly encourage you to do so. I recommend the school I attended, of course. I am an affiliate there, but even if I weren't, I would recommend it. It is one of the top schools for medical transcription training and is approved by the AAMT. I do recommend this profession. The job outlook is great! Think of all the doctor's visits that occur on a daily basis in the United States.

It's staggering. Each one of those visits must be recorded. Medical transcription companies are always hiring, and there are never enough medical transcriptionists to meet the need.

What is the average medical transcriptionist salary?

The average medical transcriptionist salary is about $40K. Pay is based on production, so the more productive a transcriptionist is, the more they earn. An experienced transcriptionist, with high production, easily earns $70K per year.

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  1. 56 Doralynn 27 Apr
    Hi Kaytee, I apologize for taking so long to get back with you, but I have never heard back from my cousin. It could take years, which is how often we get in touch. I believe she is a medical coding and billing specialist. I do know she works from home in the medical field. I believe I mentioned that I thought about taking that course instead of medical transcription. However, those jobs are not typically work from home, and I wanted to work from home. Thanks again. DL
  2. 55 Doralynn 27 Apr
    Hi Kaka, if you go to the MTjobs board, you'll find their current job openings and how much the companies are offering. Best wishes for your new life in America!
  3. 54 Kaka 27 Apr
    I have a 10 years of working experience as MT in India for US clients. Now I am coming to USA for further education. I would like to work as part time MT. Could some one tell me with my experience how much I can earn per hour or better per line? KAKA
  4. 53 Doralynn 12 Apr
    Hi Kaytee, medical coding and billing is sometimes work from home. I used to get my school's newsletter, and it used to advertise some of those telecommute positions. I'm not sure if there are other medical jobs where you can work from home, but I do remember seeing telecommute nursing positions before. One of my cousins works from home, and she's in the medical field. She might be a coder, but I'm not sure. I'll ask her more about that next time I talk to her and post what she says. It might be awhile, though. She's not easy to get hold of. DL
  5. 52 Kaytee 11 Apr
    Doralynn, what about other courses? Is it just medical transcription that is work from home, or are there other medical jobs where I can work from home?
  6. 51 Doralynn 08 Apr
    Hi Kare, there have been a lot of changes since I became an MT, and I began hearing scary stories immediately after I started working. Most of them have never happened, but I have always worried about these kinds of predictions. Here are the current Statistics from US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is from December 17, 2015. Job Outlook for Medical Transcriptionists: "Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to decline 3 percent from 2014 to 2024. The growing volume of healthcare services is expected to continue to increase demand for transcription services. However, employment is projected to decline because of increased productivity stemming from technological advances and outsourcing." I don't like it, but it's not quite as bleak as you paint it. I hope. Here are some more stats from bls, from the same December 17, 2015 report. Quick Facts: Medical Transcriptionists 2014 Median Pay $34,750 per year $16.71 per hour Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award Work Experience in a Related Occupation None On-the-job Training None Number of Jobs, 2014 70,000 Job Outlook, 2014-24 -3% (Decline) Employment Change, 2014-24 -2,200 Thanks for your comment. DL
  7. 50 kare 08 Apr
    Medical transcription as we once new it, is a dying job for a few reasons. Technology, large companies taking over hospital's dictation, voice recognition and many teaching hospitals to enter the EMR and copy and paste. Soon, there will only be editing VR. Once a good product of dictation from each physician is established, you will get at most 4 cents a line to edit. Mind you, you will also get VR that is terrible and will take you longer to edit than to transcribe. This is not only the case with ESL docs but any doctor who is not a clear dictator, most of which are not. Once an account is almost all VR, you will be mostly editing and this is for peanuts. Also, many large companies actually subtract your cents per line if you are QAd and you are not 99.9% accurate; this could be a comma, not changing the legal medical record in any way. You will be paid less but the company is paid the same amount by their clients, hospital etc. I have been a medical transcriptionist for 30 years. I have seen and experienced the way our profession and knowledge has been downgraded to merely a production job, not being compensated for what we know and do, and the large oursource companies making millions on our backs. Read some STATS. If I had to do it all over again, especially now, I would not waste my time on a dying career.
  8. 49 Doralynn 08 Apr
    Hi Abigail, I'm sorry to hear that. When I first started out, I talked to several companies. They were only hiring graduates from two places. Other than my school, I don't remember the name of the other. I know it wasn't WCO, though. I know CS still has a demand for MTs, and I know they are still placing graduates. Those with experience always have an easier time getting a job, though, so don't give up. It does seem less and less students are interested in CS's medical transcription and are going into pharmacy tech or medical admin. Maybe fewer MTs entering the workforce will work out to your advantage soon. I hope so. Best wishes. DL
  9. 48 Abigail 07 Apr
    I just got my Medical Transcription certificate through and I haven't been able to find a job online for months now. I am also entry level.
  10. 47 Doralynn 01 Apr
    Hi Eden, thank you. I'm glad this interview inspired you. It's not my blog though. I was approached by Payscale about my experience as a medical transcriptionist after Career Step, and that's how I came to do this interview. After that, people started asking me questions, so I've monitored it since. Here's my link: It's a little hard to find in the interview. It just says I found one. Thanks again, DL
  11. 46 EDEN DE GUZMAN 30 Mar
    I'm in the medical field and working 2 FT jobs. I've been thinking about going into Medical Transcription to be able to give up my other job and just work at home for an extra income instead. You inspire me. Please let me know the name of the school you went to. Thanks for your blog!!
  12. 45 Doralynn 22 Jan
    Hi Devonne, I just saw this. There should be a waiver of liability in any contract you sign. The physician is the one who is liable. Thanks for your question. DL
  13. 44 Devonne 16 Jan
    do you have to carry liability insurance as an independent contractor
  14. 43 Doralynn 04 Jan
    Hi Sharai, sorry to take so long to get back to you. Have you tried MTJobs? DL
  15. 42 sharai 29 Dec
    I have been searching for an at home mt job, but haven't had success in locating any one hiring. Any suggestions on where to find companies hiring?
  16. 41 Doralynn 09 Dec
    Hi Sam, here's my referrer link: It is in my interview, but it's hard to find. It's under, "Why did you choose a medical transcriptionist job?" The words "I found one" link to my site and the school I attended. Thanks for asking. DL
  17. 40 sam 09 Dec
    hello, Which school did you attend for your medical transcription training? I couldn't find this information in your interview. Could you please post some details about the school so I can access them to maybe apply there one day. I've been thinking about medical transcription for a little but haven't heard enough from people in this career to commit to it yet. Thank you. -Sam
  18. 39 Doralynn 08 Dec
    Hi Donetta, I have heard back from my friend. She just confirmed what I've already said. Yes, the market is still good, and since you're working from home, living in Alaska is not going to disqualify you. With that said, some companies are regional, but many are not. DL
  19. 38 Doralynn 04 Dec
    Hi Donetta, the market is still good. I stay in contact with my old school, and they have companies clambering for medical transcriptionists. Depending upon company setup, it doesn't usually matter where you are in the U.S. when you work from home. It's actually people who want to work as an MT in a hospital setting that face a more limited job field. However, with that said, I am limited in my knowledge about Alaska. I know there are some differences there. I'm going to e-mail a friend of mine at school and get a more specific answer for your location. So I'll get back with you as soon as I can. DL
  20. 37 Donetta McCullough 29 Nov
    I am wondering if the market is still good. I am in Alaska and wondering if it is difficult to find work from home here
  21. 36 Doralynn 19 Nov
    Hi Lori. Rates are going to be based on your experience and how well you do in the testing. With your experience it will be competitive. Ultimately, it all boils down to your line count. It also depends on what the company is advertising in their job listing. You'll get a better idea by visiting mtjob boards. Have you tried mtjobs? You can get specifics from each company on what they are offering. That will give you a better idea of what to ask for if your wage is negotiable.
  22. 35 Doralynn 19 Nov
    Hello Kavia, I don't really know anything about the job situation outside of the U.S. I wish I could help. Good luck. DL
  23. 34 Lori 17 Nov
    I am a senior medical transcriptionist with 13 years' experience. I am considering becoming an independent contractor. Can you tell me what they ask for pay?
  24. 33 Kavia 16 Nov
    Can any one help me...I M an Indian I finished nursing degree in India nd I looking for a job frm home becas I had married a few months ago Iplanned to do a course of medical transcription becas we can work frm home nd run my family life smoothly.ths s gud idea r I can try another thnk ..please guv ur advices
  25. 32 Doralynn 08 Nov
    For bd devaraju: Hi, I'm not familiar with the job market for MTs outside of the U.S. and Canada. Best wishes. DL
  26. 31 bd devaraju 31 Oct
    sir /madam, i am 60 years man done my mt training in a local class. i am interested to become mt. i hails from mysore karnataka india. please guide me to filnd job. thanka in anticipation.
  27. 30 Doralynn 19 Aug
    Hi Teresa, it depends on the company. Some companies have shifts, but there are companies that are flexible. I've always worked shifts, but the first MT company I tested for was flexible about hours. DL
  28. 29 Teresa 19 Aug
    Can an MT work from home, with erratic hours, if she is still able to do all of the work required in a given day?
  29. 28 Doralynn 03 Aug
    Anil.M.K, what country do you live in? DL
  30. 27 Anil.M.K 29 Jul
    i want toearn income from home through internet by medical transcription
  31. 26 Doralynn Kennedy 26 May
    Hi Jen, thanks for adding a link back in to my interview. I had a little trouble finding it at first. Then I realized the words "I found one" were active. Thanks again. DL
  32. 25 Jen Hubley Luckwaldt 26 May
    Thanks for the heads up, Doralynn -- I added it back in.
  33. 24 Doralynn Kennedy 25 May
    I did this interview in 2007. Unfortunately, they have removed my link -- which they promised to include when I did this interview. I hope that will be put back in this interview. It is
  34. 23 imran rashid 17 May
    HI, My name is Imran and i have been doing Medical transcription for the last five years and i would like to if any one from usa can provide MT data to do at Pakistan outsource the data. Thanks Imran.
  35. 22 DL 12 Mar
    Hello Riya, I wish I could answer, but I'm not familiar with the education requirements in India. I believe +2 is similar to a two year associates degree after High School in America. That's not required here to pursue work in medical transcription, but I don't know about India. Good luck. Doralynn
  36. 21 riya 12 Mar
    can i pursue diploma in medical transcription after +2?
  37. 20 priya 12 Mar
    can i pursue medical transcription after +2
  38. 19 DL 01 Feb
    Hello Mahesh, if you are in India, try Acusis India. If you are in the United States or Canada, the school I trained at is a good starting point. I'm not sure if they still do, but they used to include a book on starting a home medical transcription business as part of the course. If you are in some other country, let me know.
  39. 18 Mahesh 29 Jan
    i want to know can i learn the medical transcription work and can i start it at my home ? advice me.
  40. 17 DL 25 Nov
    Hello Santosh Kumar Singh, I wish you the best. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the job market in India.
    myself santosh kumar singh from chapra bihar done my B.Pharma pune university wishes to work as a medical transcristionist guide me in this regard
  42. 15 DL 03 Sep
    Hello Dheeraj Verma. I am not familiar with the job market in India. When I first began, none of the MT companies in America outsourced work. Part of the concern was that India is not bound by HIPAA. However, there are companies now who do outsource work to India. I don't know which ones. When I was researching HIPAA compliance by companies in India, I did find one or two companies there that hire MTs, but I don't remember which ones they were, and I don't even know if they are still in business. I'm certainly not up on the India job market. You would still need the training and all the skills to perform the job, though, especially if the work were being done for an American company or hospital. It would require flawless English grammar and all the other specialized skills needed by MTs. I don't know where you could find that training in India. I wish I could help, but I can't. Best wishes, Doralynn.
  43. 14 Dheeraj Verma 03 Sep
    Hi my name is Dheeraj Verma i am based in Mumbai, India i want to know that how do i search a 'Medical transcripter' job in India..i mean i directly want to connect with compeny & Max to max how much i can earn per hour if i work from Home or Office & which is the Best US based companey who can offer me the Best pay. Thanks & Regards Dheeraj
  44. 13 DL 02 Oct
    Hi Jenny, thanks for the comment. I want to clarify something. I don't really consider the last line a mistake, but it is inaccurate because it's not something easily achieved. I based that on information I had at the time, and I'd remove it if I did this interview again. That last line was based on a job that was available at my local hospital. It paid either $30 or $35 an hour and may have included QA work. That worked out to about 70K a year. Also, at the time, I knew an MT who was earning 70k a year, but she owned her own business. In my naivety, since I was a fairly new MT when I did this interview, I thought that was a realistic income. I now know it's not -- not even close. I mentioned it in another comment, but I'll mention it again now: The Department of Labor listed the average MT salary as 40K when I did this interview. It now lists it as 34k, so I'd change that too if I redid this interview.
  45. 12 Jenny 16 Sep

    @Shawn, I don't know the job market nowadays or the schools. There are several online schools, but not all of them are good. Some of them used to be scams. Not sure if that's still the case. There are some community colleges that offer training, but they have a dismal graduation and placement rate. I trained at the same school mentioned in the interview, and they placed me right after I graduated. Like I said, that worked out good for me. That's about all I can tell you. I only wanted to express my two cents. I'm not trying to step on anyone's toes here and asking me the question puts me in an awkward position. I think this article is accurate except for that last line, and she's admitted that's a mistake and she'd take it back if she could. That's all I wanted to hear.

    The wages have gone down quite a bit since I started, but that's because this is primarily a work-from-home career now. It paid much more when the work was done in hospitals. I'm sure that easily was 40k a year or more, but I've never worked in a hospital, so I've never had those kinds of wages. Of course, the beauty about doing medical transcription from home is it saves you a lot of money. I've never had to hire a baby-sitter or buy expensive work clothes in my life, and I don't have to worry about travel expenses or traffic or being out in bad weather.

  46. 11 Shawn 16 Sep

    @Jenny would you be able to get me information on how I could work from home doing medical transcription? Where did you get your training, was it online? If not, do you know of a good place online I could be trained? And lastly, do you know of any doctors offices hiring work from home transcribers?

    Thank you in advance for your information! 

  47. 10 DL 09 Sep
    Hi Jenny, before this site was changed I had comments saying that if I could do this interview again, I would remove the last line. When I graduated, there was a job at my local hospital that paid $30 or $35 an hour. I can't remember which. It might have included QA work. That worked out to about 70k a year. I have learned since that was not the norm. Also, at the time, the Department of Labor listed the average MT salary as 40k. Now, the Department of Labor lists it as 34k a year. According to the last poll taken of new MTs, they were making about $11/hr on average... so your statement of $10 to $12 an hour for new MTs is right on. I also want to point out that since that's based on production, and the longer an MT works, the higher the production gets, so that average wage will go up. It does go up. 
  48. 9 Jenny 08 Sep
    My sister got me involved in Medical Transcription work. When I first started as an MT, the wages were pretty good. After a couple years, I became the sole bread earner in our family. I wasn't making 40k a year, but I was doing good. I was also working a LOT of hours. The last few years, I've been working a lot less because my husband's out of school now. I'm lucky if I clear 25k and average $16/hr. I love working from home and I love my job, but I don't think it's realistic for new MTs to expect 40k a year. Last I heard, new MTs were only averaging about $10 to $12 an hour.
  49. 8 DL 21 Jun
    Hi Alex, MTs are paid based on production, so it's hard to answer. The more you produce, the more you earn. The work does require specific training, though. Hope that helps.
  50. 7 alex 03 Jun

    hi. I am thinking of working as a medical transcriptionist. I am a 4th year pharmacy undergrad. What are the trainings and how much is the pay? 

  51. 6 Rachel 13 May
    Hello, I'm looking for a work at home job I live in PA and I was recommend to look into this job!  Please email me more information at thanks 
  52. 5 Rachel 13 May
    Hello, I'm looking for a work at home job I live in PA and I was recommend to look into this job!  Please email me more information at thanks 
  53. 4 Nirup 13 May

    K fine Doralynn, but if you ever get an opportunity to offshore medical transcription (may be you will start a new office of your own), then please let me mail

  54. 3 Nirup 11 May

    But why Doralynn, we will be benifitted mutually.....

  55. 2 Nirup 08 May

    Hi Doralynn can you outsource MT work for me to India.  I will do upload quality work i.e., accuracy of more than 99%.  I will be beneficial for both you and myself.  If really interested, please do mail me, lets workout things and earn money.

  56. 1 MTBNH 27 Apr

    70k?! What?! I make $18k working as an MT and have a master's degree in the medical field. :( Also, I feel like my education in MT was a waste of money and time (same school/program as you), and it is better to find a place that will train you on the job.


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