Court Reporter Salary

The average pay for a Court Reporter is $48,085 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. A skill in machine shorthand is associated with high pay for this job.

$28,730 - $87,282
(Median)
$29K
$48K
$87K
MEDIAN: $48,085
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$12.06 - $51.52
(Median)
$12
$22
$52
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$28,730 - $87,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
Commission
$5,087  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,469 - $92,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $51.52  
   
Overtime
$42.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
   
Commission
$5,087  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$28,469 - $92,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Court Reporter

A court reporter is an official of the court, who creates written transcripts to record spoken communications within a court proceeding. The transcripts created by the court reporter are very important, as they serve as the records for all aspects of the trial. They have the potential to be searched and researched by other attorneys after the trial verdicts are entered. Most court reporters use a stenotype machine that creates a sort of typed shorthand and allows the reporter to keep up with the rapid pace of verbal speech in court. Some courts allow for recorded communication, and the reporter then creates written transcripts based on these recordings

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Court Reporter Tasks

  • Read portions of shorthand notes to resolve disputes of testimony, argument, or matters of law upon request of the trial court.
  • Take full shorthand notes of oral testimony, objections, and closing arguments.
  • File exhibits or necessary documents with the clerk of the court.
  • Attend all sessions of the court.
  • Preserve shorthand notes for future reference per statutory guidelines.

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Pay by Experience Level for Court Reporter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Court Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Court Reporter Salaries

machine shorthand
up arrow 69%

National Average
$48,000

Typing
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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