What does a Medical Scribe do?

Medical scribes are professionals who document medical interactions and transcribe information during medical appointments, generally in real time. They retrieve and prepare patient records for physicians before appointments and procedures. They accompany doctors on rounds and appointments to accurately transcribe notes, observations, instructions, and other vital information. They compile and process orders for tests, procedures, and other treatments. Their role is limited to observation and documentation, as they do not perform any medical treatment and generally have minimal (if any) direct interaction with patients.

Medical scribes have a high school diploma, although additional education or training is preferred by some employers. They commonly have experience working as a medical clerk or administrative assistant. A broad familiarity with medical terminology and procedures is helpful. These roles require an understanding of HIPAA regulations and a commitment to protecting the privacy of patient information.

Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience--

How much does a Medical Scribe make near United States?

$44,379 /yr
Total Pay

Base Pay


Additional Pay


 / yr
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
See More Insights

Medical Scribe Career Path

Learn how to become a Medical Scribe, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Entry Level Medical Scribe
Medical Scribe

Medical Scribe Insights

Read what Medical Scribe professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Robin HealthcareRobin Healthcare
Medical Scribe
Oct 16, 2022

“Working remotely is great and it provides a good first step for any medical student.”

Skywriter MDSkywriter MD
Medical Scribe
Sep 22, 2023

“None Not much really It was a good job I had good pay no complaints honestly”

Medical Scribe
Mar 1, 2022

“You learn a lot about what makes both a good provider and what makes a not so good provider.”

Medical Scribe
Sep 16, 2021

“I felt like I was being exploited with minimal pay of 7.50 and my supervisor was bizarre.”

Scribe AmericaScribe America
Medical Scribe
Aug 28, 2022

“Physicians were wonderful to work with and I enjoyed the option to work from home.”

Virtual Physician ScribesVirtual Physician Scribes
Medical Scribe
Feb 2, 2022

“The cons is not about the company its about night shift; but when working in a good and friendly environment this fade away.”

Aug 29, 2021

“I worked with a great doctor but not sure if that’s the case for everyone”

Scribe AmericaScribe America
Medical Scribe
Dec 14, 2022

“pay is not great but it is worth the minimum wage salary for the experience you get”

See More

Medical Scribe Interviews

Medical Scribe Jobs