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Transcriber Salary

Most Transcribers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.92 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.57 per hour on the low end to $24.03 on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Transcribers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,030 - $49,991
(Median)
$17K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $30,709
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$8.57 - $24.03
(Median)
$8
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,030 - $49,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$18,681 - $50,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.57 - $24.03  
   
Overtime
$12.88 - $27.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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).
)
$18,681 - $50,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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Job Description for Transcriber

A transcriber is a person who creates a written record of conversations, meetings, and audio and video recordings. The transcriber will provide clearly formatted sentences and paragraphs that allow the audio content to be read. This is especially important for persons in the business world because written content can be absorbed faster and distributed more easily than audio content. Transcribers may work for dedicated transcription companies that provide these services for business, or they may be part of offices that do transcription for law firms involved in depositions. Museums and historical archives may also use transcribers to create easily accessible versions of fragile and non-portable historic documents and journals.

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Transcriber Tasks

  • Enter data from paper forms into electronic forms.

Common Career Paths for Transcriber


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Transcribers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Medical Transcriptionist. Median pay for Medical Transcriptionists is $30K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Transcriber

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. For Transcribers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $32K.

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Experience Affects Transcriber Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 67%
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