The primary responsibility of a medical transcriptionist is to listen and transcribe dictated medical reports by surgeons or doctors like operations, chart views, emergency room visits etc with the help of transcribing machines, foot pedal and headset and also translate medical abbreviations into expanded forms.

Salaries

All you aspiring medical transcriptionists out there you definitely have a complicated job at hand. However, going by the average pay packets offered in this field it can be safely claimed that your labor will duly be compensated. Just to start off with a Certified Medical Transcriptionist or CMT can earn around INR 75,000 – INR360,000 on an average each year.

As you keep on honing your skills with every passing year you are likely to be rewarded proportionally with your average pay taking a leap after the first year, then the fifth or sixth year and so on:

Experience Average Annual Salaries
Less than a year INR 59 180 – INR 357 586
1-4 years INR 60 352 – INR 290 874
5-9 years INR 104 715 – INR 358 798
10-19 years INR 126 000 – INR 595 976

The English language is given due prominence in this field. As you browse further down the article you will come to know that you should have a firm grasp of English language and grammar as you will be required to edit the dictated stuff in your reports as well:

Specialization or Skills Average Annual Salaries
English Language INR 174 000 – INR 323 556
Transcription INR 121 010 – INR 305 209

Salary variations based on different industries also exist. You might come across the current pay trends in your preferred industry below:

Industry Average Annual salaries
Business Process Outsourcing INR 60 335 – INR 294 791
Transcription or Translation Services INR 61 825 – INR 305 359
Medical Transportation Services INR 119 331 – INR 207 542
Healthcare INR 87 262 – INR 618 252

Here is a glimpse of medical transcriptionist salaries based on hospital settings:

Hospital Setting Average Annual salaries
Health Insurance Company INR 100 000 – INR 122 084
General Hospital INR 72 000 – INR 600 000
Private Practice or Physician's Office INR 96 000 – INR 300 000
Others INR 61 118 – INR 359 199

The reason behind varying salaries in different cities can be attributed mainly to dissimilar costs of living in these cities:

City Average Annual salaries
Chennai Tamil Nadu INR 61 277 – INR 411 060
Bengaluru Karnataka INR 93 399 – INR 304 471
Kolkata West Bengal INR 150 000 – INR 456 000
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu INR 117 916 – INR 246 694
Mumbai Maharashtra INR 97 576 – INR 294 791
Kochi Kerala INR 60 000 – INR 251 429
Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh INR 61 277 – INR 302 012

The gender based salaries in this field stand something like this:
Gender Average Annual salaries
Female INR 59 461 – INR 269 619
Male INR 96 000 – INR 510 000

Benefits

The bucket of overall compensation and benefits for medical transcriptionists stand something like this, though there might be variations in different companies:

  • Paid Vacations
  • Paid Sick Leaves
  • Cash Bonuses
  • Insurance
  • Casual dress/atmosphere

It is always advisable that you make an effort to clarify all your doubts regarding the benefits to be enjoyed by you from your employers before you join a particular organization, since as already mentioned before benefits may vary starkly in accordance with company policies.

*Salaries and benefits are subject to change with time and without prior notice.

Education Required

After getting your high school degrees you generally will be required to go through a certified medical transcription training program

A certified medical transcriptionist should have these basic requirements:

  • Knowledge of Computers
  • English (especially composition and grammar)
  • Medical Transcription Skills
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy