Transcribers in the United States take home approximately $15.34 per hour on average. Female Transcribers make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,000 - $58,280
(Median)
$19K
$27K
$58K
MEDIAN: $27,040
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$9.75 - $25.08
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,000 - $58,280  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$20,177 - $52,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $25.08  
   
Overtime
$24.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$20,177 - $52,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $31K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Transcribers make a median salary of $41K. Transcribers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $40K.

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Experience Affects Transcriber Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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