Transcriber Salary

Transcribers in the United States take home an average $15.11 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.47 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.51. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-third, and about one in five earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Transcribers. Women make up the vast majority of Transcribers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$16,913 - $51,213
(Median)
$17K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,439
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$8.47 - $22.51
(Median)
$8
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$16,913 - $51,213  
   
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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$18,374 - $50,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.47 - $22.51  
   
Overtime
$23.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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).
)
$18,374 - $50,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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.

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Transcribers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $33K on average.

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Experience Affects Transcriber Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 67%
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