There are an increasing number of companies that are hiring for transcriptions jobs from home in 2019.
Are you a whiz with spelling and grammar and can you type a decent 60 words per minute (WPM)?
If yes, then there are several transcription companies that could use your services.
What does transcription entail?
At its core, transcription involves typing out recorded messages created by universities, organizations, media companies, etc. into readable text.
For example, consider the closed captioning you see on your TV screen while watching a movie. All that text had to be typed out by someone listening to the movie dialogue.
Not sure how fast you can type?
Test your abilities at a site like TypingTest.com. You can also train yourself to type faster; ideally, you want to have a speed of 75+ words/minute.
Transcription Job Requirements
Online transcription does come with a few (though not many) prerequisites, but they are not at all like the in-depth prerequisites for medical transcription. Aside from an attention to linguistic detail and fast typing speed, you’ll want to invest in the following technologies:
Fast Internet: You’ll need a fast Internet connection in order to download and listen to recorded files.
Transcription software: You’ll need to download and use some kind of transcription software provided by your hiring company.
Transcription and dictation foot pedal: Some transcriptionists make use of a foot pedal that acts to slow down (or speed up) dialog so that it can be transcribed in real-time.
How much do online transcribers make?
The average salary for online transcription jobs comes in at around $15 per hour. Entry level jobs start around $10-$12 per hour and advanced transcription jobs, mostly those in the medical field, can fetch as much as $30 per hour.
Like every other job, seniority, experience, and length of time with one company will all factor in to how much you can make.
How to earn more money as a transcriber
Janet Shaughnessy of Transcribe Anywhere has put together an incredible 7-Day Transcription mini-course that will help you get paid what you’re actually worth.
The course is perfect for those who are both just starting their journey to become a transcriptionist and those looking for ways to improve their existing earnings.
Plus, it’s free. Win-win-win.
So, which companies are looking for transcribers?
17 Transcription Jobs You Can Do From Home
I highly recommend you start your search at Flexjobs.
The staff at Flexjobs will go through and find the most accurate, up-to-date job postings. On the date this article was published, Flexjobs currently had 122 open transcription jobs (plus thousands of other legitimate work from home jobs too) with some paying up to $55 per hour.
This Boston-based company got its start in 2007 and regularly hires both in-house and remote transcript editors. According to Glassdoor, transcript editors earn from $18-$19/hour.
As a member of 3Play, you’ll be able to set your own schedule; also, communication between the highers up and their employees is reported to be very good.
Otherwise, you’ll be left alone and expected to turn in your work on time (i.e., there is little to no micromanagement). Overall, there are few complaints about this company and its management, and contractor feedback is positive overall.
This company is based in Georgia and offers different transcription services to various clients, including editing and language translation.
As an iScriber, you can expect your hourly pay to start at $15/hour; depending on your project turnaround time, however, you could end up earning as much as $25/hour.
This company deals primarily with law enforcement and criminal justice transcription, so you will need to pass a background check before getting started.
Common complaints on Indeed include lower than average pay (i.e., about $15/hour); however, there is plenty of work available.
Net Transcripts has been around since 1988.
This company is good for transcriptionists who don’t yet have a lot of experience in the field or can’t do hours of audio transcription.
With Quicktate, you’ll be transcribing short voicemail messages that span several minutes.
The pay for this work is a quarter penny per transcribed word.
Once you become comfortable with this format, you could be promoted to Quicktate’s sibling site, iDictate, which pays half a penny per transcribed word and offers longer assignments.
This company offers a number of client services, including captioning, subtitles, translation and transcription.
Once you pass the qualifier exam, you are free to take as few or as many transcription assignments as you’d like.
Payment ranges from $24-$39 per audio hour and is sent via Paypal every two weeks.
This Austin, Texas company provides legal, law enforcement, protective services and general transcription services.
As an SW transcriptionist, you should expect to earn $11-$13/hour, although your rate will increase as you become more proficient at transcribing.
Glassdoor reviews of this company note both its low and high workloads, so my suspicion is that the company occasionally overhires when there is too much work.
This company has been around since 1989 and hires entry-level as well as more experienced transcriptionists.
The company doesn’t advertise its pay rate; however, Glassdoor reports that transcriptionists earn half a penny per word.
TranscribeMe is a fairly well-known transcription company, which means you’ll probably be placed on its waiting list once you pass its short transcription test.
After getting hired, your projects will consist of transcribing short audio files that average about 10 seconds.
That translates to earning $20/hour if you complete a sufficient number of files.
The good news about TranscribeMe is that you’ll need no special software to complete your work, and weekly payments will be deposited into your Paypal account.
This company hires for all kinds of transcription work, including corporate, medical and legal.
They also perform a lot of foreign language translation and interpretation work.
According to salary disclosures on Glassdoor, work-at-home transcriptionists earn up to $20/hour with Ubiqus.
However, to achieve this level of pay, you will need a typing speed of at least 70 WPM.
A transcription qualification test must be taken and passed before getting hired.
This company hires transcriptionists from all around the world, and it states on its own website that it pays at a rate of $24 to $82.80 per audio hour.
This means that your actual hourly rate will vary depending on how fast you type.
Payment is sent via Paypal. While the company doesn’t require that you purchase specialized software or a foot pedal, it does suggest getting headphones.
12. AccuTran Global
AccuTran is another company that is always hiring transcribers.
They pride themselves on fast turn around times for their customers. For you, this means you must be able to provide fast, accurate transcriptions.
Pay does compensate for some of the requirements they ask for you.
One of the higher paying online transcription jobs you can find as a beginner.
Daily Transcription offers round the clock services and earnings fall between $240 and $950 per week.
Training is provided and payments are made weekly by check.
GoTranscript is one of the few companies that will hire anyone in the world. It doesn’t matter where you live as long as you are capable of transcribing 10 minutes of audio within 6 hours.
This is quite possibly the best company to get your foot in the door as a transcriber.
FFTranscription boasts a virtually unlimited supply of transcription work. You will never go hungry here.
They hire worldwide, but you do need an active Paypal account in order to get paid.
You start out at $0.40 per audio minute, but will gain opportunities for higher pay with experience.
GMR prides themselves on taking a chance on entry-level transcribers. If this is your first time looking for transcription work, apply here.
Earnings come in anwywhere between $1,000-$3,000 per month. Obviously the more experience you have, the better chance you have at picking up higher paying jobs.
There is the chance to get quick-turnaround jobs as well, and with that comes in more pay.
While Pacific Transcription is based in Australia, they do accept applicants from all over the world, including the US and UK.
Their main offering is medical transcription jobs, but they also hire online researchers and note takers.
They are looking for those with some experience, especially medical transcribers, but higher demands for experience typically means higher pay.
How to Get Hired as a Transcriber
A typing speed of 60 WPM or better is just one qualification you’ll need to possess in order to get hired as a transcriber.
Other helpful qualifications include bilingual (or even trilingual) capabilities, because many transcription companies work with international film producers to translate movies, documentaries, training videos, etc.
Attention to detail is a must.
Double-checking your submitted transcript for typos during your interview will assure your hiring team that you can produce error-free, quality work on demand.
The Bottom Line
Online transcription jobs are some of the few legitimate work at home jobs that are almost always in demand.
Most companies will allow you to work at your own pace and pick up jobs as you need.
You will need to hone up on your typing skills to qualify, but the right combination of time and effort, could land you a job that pays around $50,000 entirely from home.
If typing isn’t your strong suit, you can probably find a better suited job for you over in my list of 75 work from home jobs here.