Frequently Asked Questions

What is the salary of a medical secretary or transcriptionist at Mayo Clinic?
Salary is commensurate with experience. Persons with two or more years of recent medical transcription job experience are compensated with a greater beginning salary. Pay periods are every two weeks.

Mayo's salary program offers these benefits:

  • Predictable review of salary ranges
  • External job market comparisons
  • Predictable advancement through salary ranges for staff meeting job performance standards
  • Shift differential supplements for off-shift hours (from $1.90 to $4.50 per hour)
  • Relocation package for those qualified

Can I be hired and then trained as a medical secretary or transcriptionist at Mayo Clinic?
Mayo Clinic periodically offers training programs to meet the hiring needs.

May I transcribe at home for Mayo Clinic?
Home-based telework is available for employees in Mayo's Transcription Department, Office Support Services (OSS).  Currently, OSS has more than 200 transcriptionists who are teleworking from home across the country. At this point OSS does not do direct to telework hiring, as the extensive orientation and training program requires several weeks of on-site education.  Candidates interested should refer to the Criteria for Telework Eligibility.

Are there some job openings that involve only transcription?
Yes. Refer to on-line job postings for Medical Transcriptionists.

Does Mayo pay relocation expenses?
Yes, if relocating from more than 70 miles from Rochester to within 35 miles of Rochester.

What are my chances for advancement?
An individual's personal motivation steers the career development process. Employees need to be actively involved in planning their careers; supervisors are responsible for providing feedback and coaching, and Mayo will make information and resources available. Mayo offers employee and management education courses, in addition to tuition reimbursement for those who wish to enroll in college courses.

Is it possible for me to transfer to other Mayo sites in Jacksonville or Scottsdale?
Yes. Generally supervisors expect a minimum of one year of satisfactory performance on current assignment before one is considered a candidate for transfer. Payment of relocation expenses is negotiable.

How do I find housing and day care?
Information about housing can be obtained from the Rochester Post-Bulletin, which is published daily. The Rochester Real Estate Directory also lists available rental properties. An annual fee for child-care referral service paid by Mayo is available for employees. Mayo also provides free on-site day care for ill children of Mayo staff members, as well as a backup child care program to provide employees with emergency child care options when your normal arrangements are temporarily unavailable due to a vacationing or ill provider.