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DA's complaint about court reporter salaries put into context: $70,000 is below average

Would you believe more news about court reporter salaries?

In Nueces County, Texas, judges raised the starting salary of court reporters by more than $16,000 to $65,250. That’s lower than the report from our last blog post.

We blogged recently about court reporters “with minimal education or experience” making $70,980 in Wichita County,  Texas -- more than new prosecutors. Turns out, even that’s below average.

Now the paper has followed up on the story that puts Texas court reporter salaries in context, reporting the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics says there are 1,370 court reporters in Texas with an annual mean wage of $78,410. (Times News Record)

If that’s the mean, that means some court reporters make more than those in Wichita County, right? You better believe it, pardner.

Leslie Ryan-Hash, the official court reporter for the 30th District Court, said positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area pay over $100,000 per year for starting positions.

And remember, this all began with a salary increase and a complaint by a DA that attorneys were making less than court reporters. in her county.

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Huseby’s El Paso office is located at 100 North Stanton Street #110, El Paso, Texas, 79901.

Huseby’s office in Las Cruces, New Mexico are located at 500 South Main, Suite 630, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88001.

In addition to El Paso and Las Cruces, Huseby serves the legal industry’s trial support needs in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, as well as many other locations nationwide. In addition to court reporting, Huseby’s litigation services include Web conferencing, video conferencing, video depositions and more.

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Texas DA worried that court reporters make more than attorneys

In journalism, it is said a dog biting a man isn’t news. What is news? When Man Bites Dog.

In other words, unexpected things end up in the headlines.

That’s why a newspaper/website in Wichita Falls, Texas reported this story recently:

'DA troubled attorneys making less than court reporters'

Here’s how the story starts: (Times Record News)

Wichita County District Attorney Maureen Shelton told the commissioners court Monday that it was troubling that seasoned attorneys in her office make less than a court reporter with a year and a half experience.

 The story says 10 attorneys make less than court reporters in the DA’s office and the the DA finds it frustrating, primarily because:

... she goes out and speaks to schools and events telling kids to strive for higher education. Then, to have a situation where more education did not necessarily mean more income was troubling, she said.

The story says assistant DAs with seven years experience make just less than $60,000, while  court reporters “with minimal education or experience” make $70,980.

Could be worse
If the DA in Wichita Falls -- most famous as one of the places the movie “The Last Picture Show” was set -- thinks it’s bad that court reporters make more than attorneys, it could be worse.

In some parts of Massachusetts, courthouse janitors make more than new assistant district attorneys. (Above the Law

Others who can make more than assistant DAs in The Codfish State include:

•Switchboard operators

•Session clerks

•Law librarians 

•And, of course, court reporters.

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access to highly skilled and experienced court reporters where and when you need them.

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Huseby hires veteran court reporter to expand Texas, New Mexico operations

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Veteran court reporter Breck Record has joined the Huseby Inc. Global Litigation Services staff as part of the court reporting firm’s move to expand its presence in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Record, most recently an official state district reporter in the 41st Judicial District Court in El Paso, has a long history of experience as a court reporter and captioner in the Southwest. Since learning court reporting at Amarillo College and San Antonio College, he has worked as a freelance reporter and as an official federal courts reporter in Brownsville, Texas.

“He's extremely technology savvy and he brings a lot of clout to our Texas operations,” said Scott Huseby, president and CEO of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Huseby Inc.

Record said he is joining Huseby “because I feel it gives me one of the best opportunities to do what I enjoy and to also help to continue to build up their business, both here and around the country. I’m always striving to better myself in this profession and I feel that working with Huseby will offer me those opportunities.”

Record is a certified court reporter in Texas and in New Mexico. He is a Texas Certified Realtime Reporter and a Texas Merit Reporter.

He also has several national certifications from the National Court Reporters Association, including Registered Merit Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter and Certified Reporting Instructor.

Huseby’s El Paso office is located at 100 North Stanton Street #110, El Paso, Texas, 79901.

Huseby’s office in Las Cruces are located at 500 South Main, Suite 630, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88001.

In addition to El Paso and Las Cruces, Huseby serves the legal industry’s trial support needs in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, as well as many other locations nationwide. In addition to court reporting, Huseby’s litigation services include Web conferencing, video conferencing, video depositions and more.

For more information about Huseby visit http://www.huseby.com or call (800) 333-2082.

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