How Much Does A Court Reporter Make?

Court reporters are integral to the legal process. They are the ones who keep an accurate record of court proceedings through the use stenography machines and other equipment. It’s a career for those who enjoy recording what happens in court but don’t want to get involved in all the debates like lawyers do.

Court reporters are paid fairly well and have the chance to increase their pay as they gain more proficiency and experience.

Average Court Reporter Annual Salary

$56,940

The average annual salary for court reporters is $56,940 a year. Salaries start at $26,610 a year and go up to $95,990 a year.

Average Court Reporter Hourly Wage

$27.37

The average hourly wage for a court reporter is $27.37. Hourly wages were between $12.79 and $46.15 an hour.

Stats were based out of 17,700 employed court reporters in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Court Reporter

$95,990/year $46.15/hour

(Top 10% of Court Reporters)


Senior Court Reporter

$72,400/year $34.81/hour

(Top 25% of Court Reporters)


Mid Level Court Reporter

$51,320/year $24.68/hour

(Median)


Junior Court Reporter

$36,870/year $17.73/hour

(Bottom 25% of Court Reporters)


Entry Level Court Reporter

$26,610/year $12.79/hour

(Bottom 10% of Court Reporters)


Court Reporter Average Salary Comparison

Legal Support Workers, All Other
$66k / year
$31 / hour
Court Reporters
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
$51k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Court Reporters

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Court Reporters

Court Reporter Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Massachusetts $42.55 $88,500
#2 New York $42.46 $88,320
#3 Colorado $41.38 $86,060
#4 Texas $37.70 $78,410
#5 California $33.55 $69,790
#6 Iowa $32.47 $67,540
#7 New Mexico $31.13 $64,760
#8 Arizona $30.36 $63,150
#9 Tennessee $30.31 $63,050
#10 Kansas $29.77 $61,920
#11 Minnesota $29.71 $61,800
#12 Illinois $29.00 $60,310
#13 Wisconsin $28.98 $60,280
#14 Montana $28.96 $60,240
#15 Nevada $28.49 $59,250
#16 New Jersey $28.34 $58,950
#17 Missouri $26.13 $54,350
#18 Washington $25.47 $52,980
#19 Delaware $25.42 $52,880
#20 West Virginia $25.06 $52,120
#21 Virginia $24.87 $51,720
#22 Hawaii $24.77 $51,520
#23 Oklahoma $24.53 $51,020
#24 Connecticut $24.43 $50,810
#25 District of Columbia $24.07 $50,060
#26 Pennsylvania $24.01 $49,940
#27 Oregon $23.78 $49,460
#28 North Dakota $23.76 $49,410
#29 Ohio $23.33 $48,520
#30 Nebraska $23.20 $48,260
#31 Michigan $23.10 $48,050
#32 Florida $22.80 $47,430
#33 Idaho $22.76 $47,350
#34 North Carolina $22.30 $46,390
#35 South Dakota $22.23 $46,240
#36 South Carolina $21.35 $44,420
#37 Arkansas $20.52 $42,670
#38 Maryland $20.43 $42,490
#39 Louisiana $19.99 $41,590
#40 Georgia $19.77 $41,110
#41 Mississippi $18.53 $38,540
#42 Alabama $18.37 $38,210
#43 Indiana $17.74 $36,910
#44 Kentucky $15.88 $33,040
#45 Puerto Rico $12.80 $26,620
#46 Utah $12.00 $24,950

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Court Reporter

How To Become A Court Reporter

How To Become A Court Reporter

A court reporter transcribes the events of legal proceedings. You will be attending and recording the dialogue that occurs in trials, administrative hearings and depositions. You will use stenography [...]

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