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Earnings

Court reporters had median annual earnings of $55,610 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,160 and $71,530. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $33,430, and the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $77,770. Median annual earnings in May 2006 were $45,080 for court reporters working in local government and $51,720 for those working in business support services.

Payment types for court reporters change with the type of reporting job and the expertise of each reporter, the level of certification or degree attained although this is not mandatory, and the area of the country. Official court reporters earn a salary and a per-page fee for transcripts although other per line structures or per word structures are common. Freelance work is also common for court reporters to increase income. Freelance court reporters are paid per job and receive a per-page fee for transcripts. CART or Realtime Reporters are paid by the hour. Captioners receive a salary and benefits if they work as employees of a captioning company; Realtime Captioners can work by the hour as independent contractors.


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