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Court reporter + overtime = six-figure salary?

My ears always perk up when I hear about a study that's revealed career paths with surefire six-figure salaries. This morning, my ears were rewarded with (sorry, not six figures) the next-best thing: blog post material. Yahoo! Education says that there are (at least) ten jobs sure to provide you with that coveted salary, without the ...

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64 comments

  1. Jackie, many people in the top tier of their profession or job can earn a six-figure income. Court Reporters have the same opportunity. Reporters who are proficient at “writing” highly technical testimony accurately and producing a transcript quickly can expect to be compensated well. Realtime court reporting, where the spoken word appears instantly on a computer screen that can then be routed around the world, if necessary, via the Internet, for instant access requires an extraordinarily high competency. Imagine sitting in a room full of people, any of whom can speak at any time. Then imagine being the court reporter responsible for identifying the person speaking, recalling instantly a stenographic form which identifies the speaker, instantaneously writing it stenographically on a stenotype machine, then (while dealing with speed of delivery, clarity of delivery, technical nature of the language) instantly and accurately writing what is spoken so that people viewing the computer screen read the English text. All of this is done instantly with an accuracy rate at the top tier of 99+ percent. A typical court reporter’s computerized dictionary of stenographic outlines and their English equivalents totals 150,000 entries, each of which has to be recalled instantly and accurately. On top of that are tens and hundreds of event-specific entries that are created on the job every day. Court Reporters work in a difficult environment filled with stress and emotion. It’s a great profession that is respected, valued, and well-compensated.

  2. A good friend of mine is a court reporter by trade and does captioning to aid deaf people on the side. She makes great money and I wish I’d chosen a career in the legal profession now instead of I.T.! He he

  3. I have been a court reporter for 18 years. I hold the realtime certification, as well as three others. In 2008 I made well over the six-figure mark. I work hard, but I have a family and court reporting does not consume my entire life. It is possible!

  4. I, too, am a certified court reporter, and last year, I and a couple of my friends who are also court reporters, also made over 100K. It’s a great profession. We rarely make the news and are somewhat of a \mystery\ to people. I love it!

  5. I found your site because I had a young person ask the same question it seems based on the same government website that you refer to for your information. If it’s the same one, the figures you cite are for “wage and salary” employment and only reflect the income of reporters who only work in the courtroom.

    A freelance reporter or a courtroom reporter who supplements by doing freelance work can easily achieve a much higher income. It’s done by a reporter who can perform stenotype and realtime, as another commenter describes. This allows the reporter to provide extra services to the legal profession that other reporting methods can’t accommodate, such as instant view of transcript by the lawyers present or in a removed or remote location, quick transcript production, and high-volume output.

    In the non-legal arena, these skills are in high demand and the computer compatibility means that realtime reporting can be performed from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world, widening the reporter’s options to generate income. And competent reporters are needed all over the world so there’s a great opportunity as well for those who like to travel.

    We’re the silent profession. Maybe that’s why we’re under the radar. :-)

  6. What do you think about the 6-month voice recognition certification? I want to go to court reporting school and don’t want to go for 2 years. Can I still make a good living if I’m certified only in the mask-type court reporting? Thanks!

  7. PLEASE…PLEASE HELP. I HAVE LOOKED THROUGH EVERY WEBSITE UNDER COURT REPORTING. I CAN NOT FIND A SCHOOL IN MARYLAND THAT OFFERS THIS COURSE. THE COLLEGE, VILLA JULIE NO LONGER OFFERS THIS COURSE. I DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS COURSE ON-LINE. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS.?

  8. Please help me find a course that is not online to take the court reporting course in the state of Maryland.

  9. For more information regarding Court Reporting, please visit us online or call 214-350-9722 Ext. 227

  10. I was laid off last week and like many did the research that found the information of the six figure court reporter. Overall go to google and type in Court REporting Association. I think it is NCRA. They are the major accrediting body. 70 programs are accredited, another 70 or so are not. I recommend accredited schools myself. About 5-10 are totally online. So you can get trained in Maryland. It is always scary to invest money in a field you are not positive has jobs. But if you can pickup a technical skill, get advanced certifications once you are in the career. Then I think in my research court reporting makes sense.
    Sustainable John

  11. I don’t know where the reporters that are making $100,000+ live or work, but I have been reporting for over 12 years, and that is certainly not the case in a lot of areas. Digital recording has taken over in a lot of the courts on the East Coast, causing a flood of reporters in the freelance field. That, combined with the economy, has caused what little work there is to be spread among many more reporters, with attorneys ordering less and less transcripts to cut costs. I know many reporters, including myself, that are struggling and have been for several years now. I have seen nothing but page rates and appearance fees reduced over the years, with commission splits at 50/50 now. I am working harder now and making less than I ever have. So while there may be some that can make over $100,000, that is definitely not the norm in court reporting.

  12. I am thinking about going back to school for this and when I look at the onlie ads (Monster, Career Search, etc) I never see any jobs for court reporter listed. Where are all the jobs? Thanks

  13. Veronica Brosnan

    I am a 50 year old, searching for a new career. Is court reporting a realistic alternative? I’m not looking to make 6 figures but I do have 2 kids to support. The health care industry has changed drastically over the past 5 years and money isn’t what it used to be. We are seeing job cuts and hours cut, raises being frozen for 2 years. Can you learn the course well on line?

  14. I am in Court Reporting school now. I am at the 200 mark. For all who want to go to school, I just want to let you know this is no cake walk. This is very, very hard and it requires a LOT of practice and dedication. You can’t go half way; you have to put your all into it.

    I don’t suggest doing the course online. You need dictation, practice, dedication, self discipline, etc. A school environment is good for that.

    I also work at a court reporting agency part time and I see the reporters bills that come in and, yes, you do make a great salary. My mother is a court reporter also. Right now she only works one or two days a week, but she told me she was making over 60k 15 years ago when she was working full time. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO.

  15. i also live in Maryland and have found out that Ann Arundel Community College has a court reporting curiculum. I plan to attend this fall.

  16. I’m not sure I understand the uproar about making $100K a year. Not one person has mentioned that there are absolutely no benefeits provided to a freelance reporter. That’s right…no medical, dental, sick time, vacation, disability. After you expense out everything needed, including equipment, it’s not the $100K that is going to the bank……a little research and inquiry goes a long way.

  17. I am a court reporter. I make around 100,000 dollars a year, less all of your expenses, plus……………and I do mean plus…………..all of the EXTRA hours spent doing this job………which include going to depostions, coming home and transcribing them, doing billing, filing, going to post office, looking up A LOT of technical terms, keeping track of IRS items. I could work two McDonald jobs and make more, believe it or not. This job requires LOTS of hours. I am so sorry that everyone thinks it’s a cakewalk. After expenses, I make around 50,000 dollars a year, with no benefits, no retirement and a lot of headache.

  18. After teaching, school and holding other Administrative jobs, I want to start my own business. After reading these articles, I decided to look elsewhere. When I consider the hours, the extra hours and the extended hours involved, I think I’ll look elsewhere. This site proved to be a real blessing to me. Yes, some might be up for it and not that I’m lazy, but when I look at all the ramifications involved, I want a business I can walk down my hall at home to my office and pretty much work from there. Court Reporting won’t afford me that luxury.. No job is perfect….. and with that…. I close my case. (No pun intended!!)

  19. I have been a court reporter for about 15 years now. Ten years ago I was making double what I’m making now, and I’m working as hard now as I was then.

    I love court reporting, but I’m feeling like it’s almost not worth it in this economy. I don’t remember ever having a page rate increase. They have only gotten lower, with higher commissions being taken out by the firms.

    A lot of firms want you to be an employee now versus subcontractor, but don’t usually provide your equipment, which runs about $10,000, and usually don’t provide medical, dental, paid holidays, vacations or retirement.

    Firms will not assign jobs for the following day until about 4:30 or 5:00 the evening before. So you cannot plan anything in advance or make needed appointments. Then a lot of times you will not end up working anyway.

    If you can handle practicing intensely to achieve 225 wpm and graduate from an accredited school, find a reporting job in this job market, high overhead, and not ever know if you’re working, when you’re working or where you’re working or when you’re going to get paid, court reporting may be for you.

  20. I’ve been a court reporter in South Florida for 14 years now. After I was out of school for four years I hit the 100K mark, and that was 10 years ago. True, it required a lot of working evenings and weekends to transcribe but I’ve been sent out of the country a couple of times for cases and have met many interesting people through doing depositions. I found the secret to making great money and still having time to have a life.. get a great scopist that you can trust. I have had the same scopist for almost 10 years, and to top it off, she’s a retired federal reporter who I am able to always count on. Since I’ve had the scopist I’ve never made less that 100K and several years made almost 200K on my 1099 from the firm I work for. I take assignments five days a week and the scopist edits and produces all of my transcripts. It’s a great arrangment and it always surprises me how few of my fellow reporters take advantage of the same opportunities to have a life and make great money.

  21. I’m a 54 year old administrative assistant with 30 years at a telecommunications company in New Jersey. The company is laying off employees every Thursday, and my name is somewhere on the list. I’ve been seriously thinking about changing careers and am considering court reporting. The county college and The School of Court Reporting are teaming up and offering an 18 month certified Court Reporting course. The course if very expensive – over $15k. I’m a single parent and also trying to put my daughter through her second year of college. Before I spend this kind of money for the course, I would really like to find out if anyone knows the starting salary for court reporters in NJ and if jobs are plentiful??

  22. I see some negative comments about choosing court reporting as a career. I know there are pros & cons with every profession. I also know that its no cakewalk getting to 225 wpm. I went to court reporting school for 2 years & had to quit last year because I had a baby. I plan to do online classes next year. Being a court reporter is my dream & I believe that there are so many different career avenues you can take with this skill….broadcast captioning, working for federal court, legislative government, CART for the deaf & hearing-impaired, you can work for a court reporting firm. Alot of options. I can’t speak for anyone else but I plan to follow through, practice whenever I possibly can, & set realistic goals. Two years is great if your a full-time student with no outside responsibilities. I’m giving myself 5 years since I’m a single parent. So hopefully by the time my son starts kindergarden I will be a successful, working CSR!

  23. Listening to and being informed of how court reporters view their occupation, could be encouraging or otherwise, thwarting. I, on the other hand, enrolled in an online court reporting course, and although the academics were up to par, it was unfortunate that I had to withdraw. My spirits were uplifted then tainted. I felt that I could make anything possible happen for me. And being that “potential certified court reporter” in addition to the occupation being in a high demand, this occupation would have placed me a my plateau. Now, although I can get feed-back on an experienced court reporter, as well as research, I also feel that it’s subjective to how far one can expand their horizon in this field, as captioner, court reporter or working as deposition stenographer. I tend to look on the brighter side of what would not appeal to others. Now, in respect to the benefits, retirement and the other benefits associated with the an employee, there’s always alternatives for the subcontractor. Medical groups are now specializing medical packages for the entrepreneur. It may take a little research, but there’s always another way, one that may benefit your situation. I’ve read one can pay up $75 a month for medical, dental and vision, depending on the package one chooses. Sometimes it takes a little effort. I still long to become a court reporter. It just may take me a little longer than expected. And as long as I keep my focus, I’ll make that 100K with my own 401K. Those who long to become one, again, it’s subjective to how much one wants to take on this occupation, Skies the limit.

  24. I’m a court reporting instructor at Sheridan Technical Center in Hollywood, FL and we have an online program. It’s a great profession. Yes, it’s a difficult schooling to get through, but that’s why you get paid what you do as a court reporter. If you ask someone at McDonald’s or a secretary or anyone else who has a job if they work hard, they’ll tell you sometimes they work very hard and have stress at their job. Well, court reporting is the same as those jobs, it has long hours and stress at times too……..but you make much more money than those other jobs I mentioned. It’s not for everyone, you have to be self-motivated, dedicated and have great English skills and willing to learn. Yes, you may have to get your own insurance (unless you work for a police department)but many independent contractors have to do the same thing. It’s a great profession!

  25. this is all silly lol i cant wait to become a court reporter =]

  26. I am currently attending the Academy of Court Reporting and I love the program. There’s pros and cons to any job or career you are in, but you make your path you want to go down and if it’s meant for you to succeed as a court reporter God will see to it

  27. I will be taking the “Court Reporting at Home” Program. It is NCRA approved and much less expensive. For me it was the way to go in order for me to continue working full time without having to take 2 yrs off to go to school. I am confident in my choice and visualize my future positively. You can too. If you believe you will achieve. Only YOU can make it happen…and if you want it bad enough, you will.

  28. There is a posting right now for the district court in Baltimore, MD for an official court reporter with 4 years experience, salary 80 to 92k plus transcript fees. I would assume it has benefits. There is such a disparity in what salaries are quoted in this field. I don’t see that many listings when I look, but the government listings I do see, always offer a much higher salary than I see reported by the US Dept of Labor. Court reporting is included in Money magazines list of surprising 6 figure salaries but also in a career website list of 10 careers with surprisingly low salaries. The government job listings don’t lie though. I would assume. It sounds like a great field if you can do this difficult skill.

  29. I graduated from an accredited college 20 years ago. I was 19 years old and hit the pavement running. But got very discouraged when firms had a hard time taking a 19yr old serious about wanting to work for their firm. I did complete the program and hit my 225 @ the 2yr mark but it was a lot of HARD WORK and DETERMINATION. I never had the chance to get that career off the ground because I was young and stupid and wanted to play. I entered into the banking field and have worked at the same bank ever since. Tonight, the thoughts have ran crazy in my mind. I think I’m going to go for it AGAIN! A little more experienced and more determined @ 38 might just be what I needed to finally pursue the goals I had 20 years ago!

  30. I have been an official court reporter almost 17 years now. Be careful what you ask for, people! LA Superior Court pays well as we are a big city with lots of crime…I’ve reached the 120k – 150K mark for the last 5 years at least. Just don’t think the demands and stress are not there; they are. It has been great as I have single-handedly raised 2 sons as many other colleagues have done and have no regrets. Just remember to pace yourself with the workload b/c your time is valuable too. GOOD LUCK!!!

  31. So for the past 2 years I’ve been thinking about a career in court reporting, and now I’ve finally decided to do it. But am to impatient to wait 2 and a half years to finish my training. Now I heard you dont need a degree to get into court repoting only to be certified. But does any one know of any programs I can start right now to help me train so I can become certified in less then 2 and half years?? Please I am so lost when it comes to this career and have no one to get advice from… Any Suggestions would be really helpful.

  32. SeaNa, maybe you should look into digital court reporting. Stenotype reporting has pretty much become a college degree these days, and probably for the last twenty years. I’m retired for many years and in my day when you achieved the requisite speed they sent you out on job interviews.
    For anybody that is trying to break past a speed plateau here’s a novel idea: Your fingers never get any faster, your mind knows what it needs to know, but you have to learn to work in the zone. Figuring out how to get to the zone is the trick to speed. I spent many years in courtrooms and on an average day, not too hard and not out of control fast, at the end of the day you felt like you’d just got up from the best night’s sleep ever.
    Good luck in your endeavors.

  33. I’m 45 and looking for advise on whether to pursue court reporting; stenographer or digital court reporting. I have sought counseling from a private college, about 45 minute commute from where I live, it’s very expensive. It’s not offered at a community college. I have also seen that it’s offered as a internet course. Confused what should I do?

  34. I am currently seeking a court reporting school in the Las Vegas area. There are no schools that is currently offering the course.

  35. I’m currently enrolled in a court reporting course and I love it. You must know there are pros and cons with every job, every job has some sort of stress. (even if you are working at McDonalds) My thing is if you want to make 100k you have to do what is takes, period. The ecomony is at an all time low right so every job market is down but, this is not going to always be. My advice is to everyone who wants to be a court reporter please pursue your dreams, I know I am.

  36. I’m helping a friend do research about court reporting and came across this blog post. I would just like to comment on SeaNa’s post from Jan. 26. You say you’ve been thinking about court reporting for 2 years, yet you don’t want the education to take 2 1/2 years. If you’d started the education when you first had the idea, you would only have 6 months left to go. My point is, time will march on whether or not you go to school. I’ve known many people who bemoan the years and money needed to invest in an education. Well, in 2 1/2 years, you will be 2 1/2 years older. The question is whether or not you will be 2 1/2 years older and have your education.

    BTW, my spouse is 44 and attending school part time to get welding certs. Education never ends and will always give you an advantage.

  37. I’ve been in this business since 1968. Started when I was 19; 61 now. Can you make six figures annually? Well, I made six figures in the month of November last year. That’s not a typo. 100k in one month. But don’t think you’ll do that if you’re a new reporter just starting out. I work on cases that most of my peers won’t/can’t touch, either for lack of skill or an unwillingness to place themselves under the stress necessary to perform at this level, i.e., producing an average of 325 pages a day on a daily basis, as well as providing three real-time hookups. The thing to remember: All reporters are not created equal. There’s the journeyman who attains a level of proficiency adequate for most assignments, and then there’s the super athlete who is genetically blessed and is able to handle THE BIG CASE. If that’s you (you will know once you start school, i.e., everything is easy while those around you are struggling) then this is the job for you. You’ll make six figures part-time.

  38. to anyone: has anyone heard about the home study program for court reporting by the name of CRAH ( courtreportingathome) program? is it a good program? to DAZ: where did you do your training and whom do you work for? agencies? the government or free-lance? what do you like about it? what do you dislike? thank you

  39. has anyone does it online and graduated within 2 years?

  40. Is there a court reporting school in new jersey?

  41. I am currently a paralegal student in SW Florida and have been thinking about doing court reporting for sometime now. I know this thread is really old, but after I saw somebody from Sheridan Technical Center post, I felt that I had to. There are no schools in my area and I am personally concerned about doing an entire program like this online (I was especially looking at Sheridan Technical Center). Has anybody done court reporting classes totally online and had success? Everybody who is posting that they did an online section is reporting dropouts.

  42. I am a 21 yr old court reporting student in New York. I’ve reached my peek speed of 40wpm without practicing… this is definitely no “cakewalk” what so ever. I am back on track and my goal is to graduate before the end of 2012. There are a whole lot of students stuck in that school for 5yrs plus! I’ve been there for exactly a year now. I cannot wait to earn my degree. Now I’ve realized its no time for games and I need to practice, practice and practice some more. When I first registered, the director told us that in order to get up in speed you would need to practice on average 2hrs/day… boy was he correct. I am very much looking forward to my career in Steno. I also love that it is almost like a “hidden” career. The money is definitely the motive.

  43. Hi: I’m looking into a career as a court reporter and/or possibly a broadcast transcriber. I have always been intrigued by the career of being a court reporter but decided to pursue the traditional route and obtain my bachelor’s degree. Now I have a lot of debt and still can not get a job. I am in my thirties and thought I was being a good role model for my family, which I think I still am but not in the way I had hoped, as I am still unemployed after a year from graduation. Therefore, I have looked into court reporting again. I have come across people who know people, that say it is a good field to get into. However, I am still very nervous about the additional time sacrificed and the possibility of still being unemployed.

    First, I’d like to know if anyone knows what the field is like in the Bay Area California and/or Northern California. I’d be willing to travel from the Sacramento region to the San Jose region. However, I don’t know where the jobs are listed or how to go about obtaining them after I finish school.

    Secondly, for those wanting to go to school with quality credentials at an economical cost, I would suggest West Valley Community College, in Saratoga (San Jose region), CA.

    Here is their link: http://www.westvalley.edu/business/courtreporting/

    The costs are just the general community college tuition and if you are out of state, it’s an out of state tuition, which I think is probably still economical compared to what you get (credentials, greater possibility for transferable units to 4 year program, and the ability to say you earned your degree (Associate’s degree) from a college.) than from a vocational school.

    I spoke to the teachers there and there were extremely kind and supportive. I got better attention there than I did at my very expensive UC college. The only thing is I couldn’t seem to get a straight answer form them about career aspects other than it is a good career to be in.

    So if anyone in California can talk straight and not beat around the bush about job aspect I would, greatly, greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you.

  44. Hi Christine:

    I tell people to pick another profession, maybe paralegal. 23 court reporters were laid off in San Francisco Superior Court in October this year, as well as Mill Valley and other areas. They are being replaced by digital recording. You will not see listings because there are no jobs available for court reporters. This is true in other states as well. If you do depositions, you will never get health insurance or paid vacation. Health insurance is expensive on your own. I pay close to 400 a month for my health insurance. Court reporters in California have not had a page raise since about 2004, I think. As a profession, our pay is backwards. Your time is not valued either. If your deposition is supposed to start at 10 a.m. but people show up late and you now start at 11 a.m., most firms will not pay you for your waiting time. I encourage you to do your homework. I point people in the direction of paralegal instead. School also takes a long time. Unless you are exceptionally well at it, plan on four full time years and then have about $10,000 to pay for your equipment up front and hope an agency will give you work while you struggle with student debt and ways to pay off your machine. It is grim indeed, but it’s the truth.

  45. Marie: I’d like to see the source of where you learned of these purported 23 “lay-offs”? How would you even know that. If this is indeed true, it is because the SF Superior Court cannot afford to pay them, hence the digital recording device replacement. It is not because they are no longer “needed” as your opinions seem to suggest.

    Court reporters will always be needed, because there is no digital machine that can replace the human mind. Digital recording cannot differentiate multiple-voice testimony. Digital recording cannot tell the difference between “hearing” the words ‘there’, ‘their’, or ‘they’re’. Because of these reasons and more, transcriptions done by digital recording devices are very inaccurate, and courts know this. If they use just a recording device, and give the recording to some secretary afterwards to be transcribed, it would take countless hours, even days to put together the transcript. Court reporting is an instant way to deliver real-time transcription and same-day delivery of transcripts, and attorneys are willing to pay upwards of $6 per page for this very convenience.

    As with the paralegal profession, I personally think that is just another title given to a glorified secretary. Paralegals get paid usually $11 an hour. Not worth it!

    Court reporting is hard to learn because you need to get 225 words per minute. Once you do become a court reporter however, make sure to get hired at an agency rather than the courts. With a freelance court reporting agency, you can do depositions, work for universities for their hearing-impaired students, do captioning for tv and events, and more. Court reporting is not limited to the court system.

    I worked like a dog at my court reporting school (I practiced for 3+ hours a day, 4-5 days a week) and I was able to reach 225 in less than 3 years. If I had practiced more I could’ve done it in 2 and a half years. I was the best in my class though. Many of my classmates dropped out, many shed tears, and many are still there trying to build their speed.

    Bottom line: court reporting is not for everyone, but it worked for me and I would never regret it. And I only pay $150 a month in health insurance on my own, mainly because I’m young and I don’t have many health issues anyway. As for vacations, I get all the usual stuff off (Christmas etc) and work my back off the rest of the year and my 6-figure paycheck is all totally worth it. No complaints.

  46. Lindsay, just curious, where do you live? I had to leave Denver after eight years because work dried up. South Carolina was okay…although 15 years behind the times in EVERYTHING…and now I’m struggling to get my foot in the door with Seattle firms. I’ve heard of nothing but court layoffs in most cities, switching to digital recording and sending off the tapes to be transcribed overseas for $1/page, rendering the freelance field overflowing with reporters all looking for work.

    I LOVE court reporting, but I honestly don’t see it hanging on for another 20 years…maybe not even 10. I’ve made good money, worked my butt off, and have the potential to make a ton…but I haven’t found a place that can offer me that kind of work. I topped out my third year in Denver at $102,000, and it’s gone downhill with the economy ever since. I can make that feeling like I’m only working part-time, but even in a “big city” like I thought Seattle was, no one will give me the time of day…(and I’m RPR and can write realtime).

    Just curious what city/state you live in and if you’ve worked anywhere else, because I’m becoming more and more frustrated each year. I don’t regret court reporting at all, best thing I ever did…and even though I’ve started back to school as a backup, I still have in my head that I’ll be a court reporter until I die (or carpal tunnel or dementia takes over).

  47. Lindsay, thanks for your post! I’m with myRealtimeCoach. I’d love to pick your brain a bit about your experiences. We are always looking to learn more about the people we serve. If you would be willing to, come visit our facebook page (Realtime Coach Users) and leave a comment, or send a fb message. Thanks!

  48. I am a typist(just chicken peck, 12 pages an hour) and I am going to take the C.C.R. test in April. I work with several court reporters, and I am just tired of doing everything (except hitting the record button) and being paid only 1/5 of what the reporters are paid for MY work. I feel confident that I can pass the test for steno mask with no schooling. I have seen a few of the grandfathered reporters who do not know punctuation and capitalization, etc., get more and more complaints until everyone stopped using them. You may pass the test, but if your work is not good, you will fail in business. Some of the reporters have said that they started out making good money and are now making half of what they used to. One of our reporters at the office I work for gets paid anywhere between $3,500 and $5,500 every two weeks, and that’s after 25% is given to the business. If you’re love hearing a good story and are responsible enough to handle your own work, it is not difficult to make as much money as you need to.

  49. I am interested in moving to MD and was wondering if the reporters down there charge an appearance fee and what that would be for a short dep vs. a half a day to full day dep. Thanks

  50. So with all this debate going back and forth, complaining and defending, I would like to
    Know how much income a court reporter makes in California. I’m in Fresno to be exact and am a student. I have been attending school for 11months… 6 where we learned our theory and the rest speed building. I am in my 120s and I can honestly say I LOVE what I am studying. We practice with actual trials and I am never bored. I really can’t wait to be done and get out there in the field, but some of these posts get my down. I would love to hear from a court reporter in my area to tell me what to expect as far as income.

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