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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for court reporting salaries is expected to increase by 14 percent through the year 2020..

There are approximately 32,000 stenographic court reporters in the court reporting career in the United States.

70% of court reporting career professionals are 46 years or older.....

96% of these reporters are steno machine court reporters

Some form of voice reporting makes up only about 4% of the court reporting careers, and the majority of these voice reporters are stenomask writers.  

Approximately half the states do not allow stenomask reporting for the court reporting career.

NCRA certifications have set the standard for excellence since 1935.

NCRA's certification programs have become perhaps the most valuable membership benefit.  The certification  program for career court reporters now has three tiers of achievement and proudly claims nearly 11,000 Registered Professional Reporters (RPRs), over 2100 Registered Merit Reporters (RMRs), and over 450 Registered Diplomate Reporters (RDRs).  

NOTE:  The speed requirement for the Q and A portion of the RPR exam is 225 words per minute for 5 minutes with 95% accuracy.

              The speed requirement for the Q and A portion of the RMR is 260 words per minute for 5 minutes with 95 % accuracy.

Court Reporting is a growing career.  Percent of demand by region is as follows:

Western U.S.  35%

Southern U.S. 31%

Midwestern U.S.  21%

Northeastern U.S.  14%

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Freelance Court Reporters comprise about two thirds
of the total court reporters nationwide.  Their job is to report depositions primarily, but other assignments include arbitrations, mediations, conventions, company meetings, etc.  

In some states freelance court reporters are allowed to report trials and hearings in the civil court system.  Freelance court reporters also work for  court reporting firms or court reporting agencies as they are sometimes called.  The court reporting firm  will either consider you a full-time employee and take a commission from you while withholding the usual taxes an employer is responsible for withholding, or they will consider you an independent contractor and take a commission from you for the assignments you handle. 

You are at liberty with some firms to accept assignments directly from attorneys or from other firms.  The commission charged by firms ranges from 10% to 30% across the United States with 20-25% being the average.  In exchange for this commission, court reporting firms or furnish some of your supplies, business cards, assignments, and an office if you are an employee.Type your paragraph here.

Freelance reporters are generally paid a page rate and a per diem. The court reporters work product is the transcript of the deposition or court proceeding. The transcript of the proceeding is paid for by the attorneys, or the court. 

The page rate can range from $3.00 per page to as much as $10.00 per page, depending on the level of difficulty of the deposition or court proceeding. Per diems are paid in addition to the page rate, and can range from $75.00 for a half day, to as much as $200.00 for a full day.

Official court reporters, are paid a salary by the court system they are employed by. Federal court reporters salaries are over $80,000 per year, most state court reporters salaries are $50,000 to $60,000 per year, and county courts about $35,000 per year.

In addition to their salaries official court reporters are paid a page rate for all court proceedings that are transcribed,. and this can increase thier yearly incomes twenty to thirty percent.

As an "official" court reporter, your court reporting career will be in  the court system. Almost all criminal court systems employ their own court reporters, and in some states the civil courts are also covered by official reporters.   

In your career as an official, you may be a county, state, or federal employee who receives a salary and in most states also receives a page rate for the transcripts of the trials and hearings you produce. 

Approximately 28% of court reporters work as official court reporters as a career. 

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Court reporting and Captioning at Home

The Ducker Worldwide Study Found that Court Reporting, Captioning, and CART Providing are in Demand and HERE TO STAY!

The following is a summary of the key findings of this report conducted for National Court Reporters Association.

  • New opportunities will increase demand. bringing a heightened and updated view to the profession.
  • Continued pressure by advocacy groups will bring increased dCART captioning demand to churches, medical facilities, and other arenas. 
  • the rate of growth for captioners, and CART Providers will outpace the percentage-rate growth for court reporters through 2018.

The question court reporters are asked most often is "how do  you write on the steno machine?'  Watch the short video above for a quick overview of how we write on the steno machine in our court reporting career.

Official court reporter - in the courtroom


5500 new court reporting jobs 

  • By 2018 a critical shortfall is projedted to represent 5,500 new court reporting career positions.
  • The opportunity for new stenographic court reporters and captioners is substantial over the next five years and beyond.
  • The established, coming shortage of stenographic court reporters presents a substantial opportunity for those seeking a lucrative career with a secure future.  Already court reporting schools are quickly able to connect their graduates with jobs, a trend that will strengthen as the shortage takes hold over the coming years.
  • Stenographic machine  reporters are the overwhelming choice of attorneys, judges, and others making a day-to-day judgment of the best method  for capturing the spoken word.....

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the benefits of of a realtime court reporting career

A court reporter may be employed by a court reporting firm. The court reporting firms or agencies, in return for scheduling depositions, providing supplies, and an office, generally take about 15% to 25% of the court reporters fee.

Broadcast Closed Captioners generally work for national captioning companies and are paid a set salary. Because they work for a company they will have the normal payroll deductions of any salaried employee, as well as have insurance and retirement benefits.

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realtime court reporting career

If you are researching how to become  a court reporter, captioner, or CART Provider, it is essential you learn realtime machine court reporting from the beginning of your training.

What is a realtime court reporting career?
Realtime is when we write on our steno machine and the words translate into English immediately, realtime on a computer screen, television screen, or streamed to the Internet. 

We can write realtime for the court reporting career, as well as the careers of broadcast (closed) captioning, and CART Providing.

Realtime reporters are in demand, and are the gold standard for the career of court reporting.  With their skill they have transformed the entire legal profession, as well as made it possible for the hearing impaired to participate not only in legal proceedings, but to have access to television broadcasts, and classroom lectures.

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​freelance court reporting career


Your court reporting career may utilize your court reporting skills in a variety of ways. 

You may be a freelance court reporter who owns your own business, or a freelance court reporter whose  job is to work for a court reporting firm or court reporting agency.

Your career  may be as a broadcast closed captioner, whose career utilizes your court reporting skills to capture the text of live television programs to allow access for hearing impaired viewers.

CART Providing is the other realtime court reporting career, providing access to classroom lectures for hearing impaired college and university students.
Most captioning and CART careers are done from home.  

Your court reporting job may also be as an official court reporter whose court reporting job it is to report trials and hearings for state and federal courts, both civil and criminal. 

The career outlook for court reporting, closed captioning and CART providing is excellent as indicated by the Department of Labor. Realtime court reporting jobs are expected to grow at well above the average rate for the next several years according to the Department of Labor and the National Court Reporters Association.  

The DUCKER WORLDWIDE report commisioned by the National Court Reporters Association projects an increase of over 5500 jobs over the next few years. A phenomenal growth rate.

Most estimates of court reporter salaries range from $60,000 to over $100,000 per year in all the realtime court reporting careers.

Transcripts available immediately.  In the past attorneys and the court might wait weeks to receive the court reporters transcript.

Information within the transcript is easily found.  No other form of court reporting can provide keyword search.

Instant streaming to support staff and other parties involved in a case.

Economical.  Attorneys save money because depositions can be streamed to attendees in remote locations eliminating travel costs. 

court reporting industry and career outlook report by Ducker Worldwide and the ncra
  • Those in the court reporting career, and those entering the court reporting, captioning, and CART Providing careers should have lifelong job security and lucrative incomes....
  • There are approximately 32,000 court reporters in the career today.  The overwhelming majority of these court reporting career professionals are steno machine reporters. 

Salaries for court reporters, according to the National Court Reporters Association, average well over $60,000 per year. This average takes in all demographics, from urban to rural areas, experienced and new reporters, realtime and non-realtime reporters. Realtime reporters can expect to earn $100,000 and more per year.

Broadcast Closed Captioners full time beginning salaries are about $70,000 to $75,000 per year. Experienced captioners can also expect to earn 6 figure incomes.

CART Providers are generally paid by the hour, with hourly rates ranging from $50.00 t0 $75.00 per hour.

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