It is perfectly reasonable to want to know how much you can earn working as a court reporter, however be careful when reviewing salary surveys to be sure you are comparing apples to apples. For example, we recently came across an article that claimed California court reporters have potential earnings of over $100,000 per year. Can Huseby reporters make that much?
The Difference Between Compensation and Salary
The important phrase in the previous paragraph is “potential earnings.” You have the potential for a six-figure salary in nearly any career if you work enough hours. The question is how likely is it?
A median salary for court reporters in the Los Angeles area is closer to $50,000 per year. However these salaries are for people working in traditional settings such as courtrooms where they work a standard shift. Their employment includes benefits such as medical insurance and paid vacation and that is part of their total compensation.
Court reporters rarely make six-figure salaries in these kinds of settings however the value of their total compensation package may well approach that range. However it is certainly possible to earn $100,000 or more per year as a court reporter.
Striking Out On Your Own
The court reporters who make the big salaries are taking control of their careers. They are going out and picking up extra work such as captioning video for hearing impaired viewers, doing non-legal (not to be confused with illegal) transcription jobs, or working as scopists for other reporters. They can significantly increase their earning by working nights and weekends on these other projects.
For pure money making potential, the best option for court reporters is to work as independent contractors. In that case they have no benefits and their cash compensation is greater to compensate. Hard working and experienced reporters who are willing to put in long hours can certainly make that amount, but they must be fast, reliable, and accurate at a level well above their peers.
Work With Huseby and Choose Your Path
When you become one of our court reporters, you can decide how much you work and therefore how much you make. We are happy to provide all the work you can handle. Do some of our reporters make six figures per year? Yes, but not many. If you want to be part of this elite salary range, you need to be prepared to work for it. It’s not as much a matter of how much you make per project as it is the number of projects you do in a year.
This is the advantage of working with a court reporting agency like Huseby instead of on your own. We handle the details of finding projects so you can focus on the work. Our California court reporters can find the right balance between earning money and having a life. It’s up to you when you become part of the Huseby team.