A transcriber, better known as a transcriptionist, turns spoken words into written documentation. Once you learn how to transcribe dialogue, you can pursue a career in a variety of fields. The most common transcription fields are medical and legal. Factors such as location, experience and industry influence a transcriptionist's salary.
Medical transcriptionists are responsible for transcribing medical reports for doctors and other health care professionals. Medical transcription careers offer flexibility in scheduling and location. Medical transcribers can work from home, in doctor's offices or in other medical settings. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary is $35,260 or $16.95 per hour, as of May 2013. The top medical transcriptionists earn around $47,960 annually, while the lowest paid transcriptionists earn about $22,750 each year. Geographic location also impacts salary. In California, the average salary for medical transcriptionists is $33,990. In Florida, the salary is $32,360. New York medical transcriptionists make about $37,600.
Court reporters, sometimes referred to as stenographers, transcribe words spoken in the courtroom during trials, depositions or other legal proceedings. In addition to transcribing, court reporters usually have additional duties, such as administrative tasks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average salary of a court reporter is $54,760 a year or $26.33 hourly as of May 2013. The upper 90th percentile earns about $93,240 a year, while the bottom 10 percent earns $26,340 annually. In California, the average court reporter earns an average salary of $78,220. The average salary for court reporters in Florida is $43,290. New York court reporters make about $86,130 a year.