Medical transcriptionists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, medical transcriptionists rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 32% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy medical transcriptionists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Physician assistant
3.0
$122k
Health services manager
3.0
$101k
Occupational therapist assistant
3.0
$62k
Surgical technologist
3.0
$49k
Dental assistant
3.0
$39k
Medical transcriptionist
3.0
$30k
Diagnostic medical sonographer
3.0
$78k
Optometrist
3.0
$124k
Hearing aid specialist
2.9
$60k
Occupational health specialist
2.9
$73k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are medical transcriptionists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do medical transcriptionists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as medical transcriptionists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are medical transcriptionist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are medical transcriptionists making the best use of their abilities?

Are medical transcriptionists happy with their salary?

Medical transcriptionists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Medical transcriptionists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked medical transcriptionists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

310 medical transcriptionists

5 Star
12%

12% of medical transcriptionists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of medical transcriptionists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of medical transcriptionists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of medical transcriptionists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
23%

23% of medical transcriptionists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do medical transcriptionists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, medical transcriptionists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. The majority of medical transcriptionists struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked medical transcriptionists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

312 medical transcriptionists

5 Star
12%

12% of medical transcriptionists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of medical transcriptionists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of medical transcriptionists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of medical transcriptionists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of medical transcriptionists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as medical transcriptionists?

Medical transcriptionists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of medical transcriptionists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked medical transcriptionists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

330 medical transcriptionists

5 Star
28%

28% of medical transcriptionists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of medical transcriptionists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of medical transcriptionists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of medical transcriptionists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of medical transcriptionists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a medical transcriptionist’s work environment?

As a whole, medical transcriptionists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of medical transcriptionists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a medical transcriptionist.

We asked medical transcriptionists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

328 medical transcriptionists

5 Star
28%

28% of medical transcriptionists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of medical transcriptionists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of medical transcriptionists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of medical transcriptionists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of medical transcriptionists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are medical transcriptionists making the best use of their abilities?

Former medical transcriptionists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Medical transcriptionists tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked medical transcriptionists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

332 medical transcriptionists

5 Star
17%

17% of medical transcriptionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of medical transcriptionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of medical transcriptionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of medical transcriptionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of medical transcriptionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars