Transcriber Salary

Transcribers in the United States take home approximately $14.79 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $8.74 per hour and $23.31. The vast majority (89 percent) of Transcribers who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and a little less than a fifth earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$17,379 - $48,280
(Median)
$17K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $30,339
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$8.74 - $23.31
(Median)
$8
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,379 - $48,280  
   
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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$18,984 - $50,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.74 - $23.31  
   
Overtime
$12.88 - $27.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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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$18,984 - $50,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Many Transcribers move into a Medical Transcriptionist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Medical Transcriptionists on average bring in a similar salary to Transcribers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Transcriber

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Transcribers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $32K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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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 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
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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