Transcriber Salary

An average Transcriber in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.88 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.74 per hour and $23.31. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while slightly less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in ten. Women make up the vast majority of Transcribers (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,269 - $49,991

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$8.74 - $23.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,269 - $49,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$18,932 - $50,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Hourly Rate
$8.74 - $23.31  
   
Overtime
$12.88 - $27.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$18,932 - $50,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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 who go on to become Medical Transcriptionists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Medical Transcriptionist, an upper-level role, pays $30K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Transcriber

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. On average, Transcribers make $36K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Transcribers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $32K.

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Experience Affects Transcriber Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

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 15 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 68%
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