Transcriber Salary

Transcribers in the United States take home approximately $15.11 per hour on average. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but slightly less than a third have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. Transcribers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,392 - $51,064
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$51K
MEDIAN: $25,099
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$9.69 - $25.10
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MEDIAN: $15.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,392 - $51,064  
   
Bonus
$250.25  
Total Pay (?
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$20,095 - $51,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$18.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$250.25  
   
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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$20,095 - $51,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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 transition into an upper level Medical Transcriptionist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Medical Transcriptionist makes $30K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Transcriber

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $31K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $31K. Transcribers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Key Stats for Transcriber

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Transcriber Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

Late-Career
▲14%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
▼1%

Mid-Career
▼1%

Skills That Affect Transcriber Salaries

▲2%

Transcription
▲1%

National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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