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How much does a court reporter make? Court reporters are an important part of the legal community and are trained to transcribe dialogue during trials, hearings, and many other legal proceedings where every word must be recorded. Other court reporters utilize their skills in the area of closed captioning so that those who are hearing impaired can read the dialogue being spoken or broadcast. Becoming a court reporter involves graduating from an accredited court reporting program. Some community and state colleges offer associate's degrees in court reporting. Other schools have certificate programs for court reporters. Most states require that court reporters are licensed.
 
How much does a court reporter make? Court reporters are an important part of the legal community and are trained to transcribe dialogue during trials, hearings, and many other legal proceedings where every word must be recorded. Other court reporters utilize their skills in the area of closed captioning so that those who are hearing impaired can read the dialogue being spoken or broadcast. Becoming a court reporter involves graduating from an accredited court reporting program. Some community and state colleges offer associate's degrees in court reporting. Other schools have certificate programs for court reporters. Most states require that court reporters are licensed.
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A breakdown of the full process of [[Court Reporter|becoming a court reporter can be found here]].
  
 
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Court Reporter Salary

Court Reporter Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.92 $16.60 $23.15 $33.26 $43.52
Annual Wage $24,800 $34,500 $48,200 $69,200 $90,500

How much does a court reporter make? Court reporters are an important part of the legal community and are trained to transcribe dialogue during trials, hearings, and many other legal proceedings where every word must be recorded. Other court reporters utilize their skills in the area of closed captioning so that those who are hearing impaired can read the dialogue being spoken or broadcast. Becoming a court reporter involves graduating from an accredited court reporting program. Some community and state colleges offer associate's degrees in court reporting. Other schools have certificate programs for court reporters. Most states require that court reporters are licensed.

A breakdown of the full process of becoming a court reporter can be found here.

Salary

In 2012, $48,160 was the median salary of court reporters according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 10 percent of court reporters earn $24,790 or less, while the top 10 percent in the profession earned $90,530 or more.

Variables Impacting Salary

There are several aspects that can affect a court reporter salary. Some court reporters freelance instead of working for just one employer. Those who freelance can increase their salaries by selling transcripts per page. Bonuses and commissions can also bring a court reporter's salary higher.

Location

The location where a court reporter works also impacts his or her earnings. San Diego and San Francisco have the highest paid court reporters in the United States. The lowest paying cities for court reporters are Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Schedule and Work Environment

Many court reporters work in a courtroom setting, while freelancers often travel to and from lawyers' offices to take depositions. Those court reporters who are employed in captioning work in an office or from home. If a court reporter works in courthouse, he or she will generally work a full time, Monday through Friday schedule. Those who freelance have a more flexible schedule as they can often decide what days and hours they would like to work.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for court reporters is about average. Between the years of 2012 and 2022, there will be an estimated 2,000 new jobs in the field which is a 10 percent increase from the current number of 21,200. The growth in the industry will most likely be outside of the legal field and is due to the use of captioning. New government regulations require television programming and other types of broadcasting be closed captioned. There will also be an increased demand for court reporters who are Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART). These court reporters provide services for hearing impaired clients during appointments or events.


Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,650 0.12 $27.72 $57,660
State Government (OES Designation) 6,440 0.29 $27.33 $56,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 70 <.005 $27.01 $56,170
Business Support Services 5,230 0.61 $22.54 $46,870
Employment Services 40 <.005 $18.95 $39,410

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $17,700 $25,800 $44,500 $53,600 $58,200 240 270

+14%

Alaska - - - - - - - -
Arizona $25,900 $33,000 $54,200 $66,200 $72,300 340 390 +14%
Arkansas $21,300 $35,900 $47,100 $55,600 $61,400 300 350 +19%
California $37,600 $69,600 $82,800 $92,700 $105,700 2,300 2,500

+9%

Colorado $44,900 $53,700 $65,300 $81,200 $93,600 500 620

+24%

Connecticut $41,500 $44,600 $52,300 $57,800 $81,200 220 240 +12%
Delaware $28,600 $32,900 $65,600 $66,400 $69,700 80 90 +17%
District of Columbia - - - - - - - -
Florida $19,700 $22,600 $34,600 $49,700 $65,500 1,680 1,960 +17%
Georgia $17,800 $24,800 $52,600 $67,800 $73,800 980 1,080 +11%
Hawaii - - - - - - - -
Idaho $45,500 $46,800 $46,800 $47,800 $47,800 70 80

+16%

Illinois $31,400 $39,000 $45,200 $61,900 $71,500 - - -
Iowa $31,200 $44,000 $71,600 $71,700 $71,700 290 330 +13%
Kansas $35,100 $50,500 $54,400 $69,200 $77,100 270 320 +17%
Kentucky $16,100 $17,500 $30,700 $43,500 $46,800 - - -
Louisiana $18,700 $27,400 $40,600 $51,100 $59,200 690 780

+13%

Maine $64,000 $64,000 $78,300 $86,700 $91,800 120 130 +8%
Maryland $31,500 $33,600 $37,100 $44,200 $51,500 2,990 3,550 +19%
Massachusetts $34,800 $43,000 $51,900 $60,000 $78,100 140 160

+11%

Michigan $28,400 $35,500 $45,300 $54,200 $59,800 560 610 +9%
Minnesota $49,400 $56,800 $63,700 $63,700 $63,700 490 550

+13%

Mississippi $16,800 $24,500 $36,900 $45,100 $53,400 - - -
Missouri $19,000 $37,400 $50,800 $55,600 $58,600 240 280 +14%
Montana - - - - - 60 60 +13%
Nebraska - - - - - - - -
Nevada $38,600 $41,100 $44,600 $48,200 $55,800 - - -
New Hampshire - - - - - 70 70 +9%
New Jersey $34,000 $41,100 $50,100 $67,800 $94,500 230 240

+7%

New Mexico $26,700 $29,400 $41,200 $54,400 $58,500 70 80 +17%
New York $41,400 $64,300 $96,300 $108,100 $115,300 - - -
North Carolina $43,500 $48,300 $55,600 $59,100 $64,100 240 280 +15%
North Dakota $34,300 $39,600 $45,100 $56,000 $68,200 80 90 +14%
Ohio $28,100 $37,100 $47,100 $57,700 $68,700 - - -
Oklahoma $16,200 $17,400 $19,700 $38,800 $45,000 380 430 +14%
Oregon $18,700 $33,000 $61,700 $87,600 $128,000 110 110 0%
Pennsylvania $18,700 $26,200 $37,900 $55,200 $69,000 960 960

0%

Rhode Island - - - - - - - -
South Carolina $23,500 $31,700 $38,900 $44,100 $47,300 320 350 +11%
South Dakota $33,700 $39,200 $44,800 $45,600 $49,200 90 90 +5%
Tennessee $26,500 $30,900 $38,100 $82,600 $104,900 110 150 +31%
Texas $25,700 $50,300 $66,000 $79,300 $88,700 1,560 1,820

+16%

Utah $24,800 $26,400 $28,900 $33,500 $47,500 130 160 +28%
Vermont $39,800 $47,800 $52,500 $57,300 $100,000 - - -
Virginia $18,600 $32,800 $47,800 $56,200 $61,000 230 270

+16%

Washington $21,300 $31,400 $42,200 $70,100 $85,800 220 260 +18%
West Virginia - - - - - - - -
Wisconsin $26,500 $35,200 $45,900 $59,900 $85,400 490 540 +11%
Wyoming - - - - - - - -