Nature of Work
Court reporters create transcripts of legal proceedings, legal meetings, legal conversations and speeches for record purposes, correspondence or legal proof. This work can be done independently or as a salaried reporter in a legal firm, court reporting agency, a county, a state court or a federal court. Working from home gives limited income in the beginning but certainly it becomes higher in the long run. A salaried job always ensures a higher return, as more the work more the salary earned by a reporter.
Company and Location
If the reporter works in a private legal firm or a judiciary then the earnings are quite high in comparison to the salary offered in a state or a federal court. Similarly, the it working in rural areas/towns get a low salary as compared to their counterparts in metropolitan cities. The location factor also affects the nature of work adopted by a reporter as the number of companies and amount of work available, in turn; affects the monetary returns.
Training and Qualification
The training and qualification requirements of a court reporter vary from place to place. In general, it takes almost two years to become a professional transcriptionist. Degree or work experience is not compulsory but it makes a large difference in terms of salary. Law degree or certificate course in legal transcription coupled with relevant work experience ensures the highest salary to court reporters. A strong command on English language and an excellent typing speed are the other must haves for a profitable court reporter salary.