A court reporter is someone who translates court proceedings like argument, defense etc word by word in a document. They are also known as stenocaptioners or stenographers as they execute their entire duty with the help of equipment called stenotype. Therefore, despite the concerned individual hasn’t much say in the final judgment, his task is considered quite challenging and is rewarded accordingly.
Court Reporter Salary and Benefits
There is very little information regarding salaries of court reporters in India. However, on an average a stenographer can earn as high as INR 84,500 – INR375,426, which comes with other benefits like:
- Cell Phone
- Paid Holiday
- Paid Sick Leave
- Flexible work hours
- Free Drinks
Growing experience in the field is Rewarded with sufficiently lucrative hikes:
|Years of experience||Average Salaries per annum|
|1-4 years||INR 74880 – INR 243000|
|5-9 years||INR 145211 – INR 305209|
|10-19 years||INR 155769 – INR 327000|
|20 years and more||INR 121010 – INR 362008|
Court reporters are also entitled to overtime and those rendering freelance services for private organization meetings can take their earnings several notches higher per year. In fact sometimes document backlogs do result in considerable hikes in overtime pay.
Scope of Court Reporters
Court Reporting as a job is not likely to go out of fashion though there is very little scope for growth (in terms of professional challenges, not monetary) here. But it is one job which is considered to be highly lucrative without needing a swell degree. A Registered Merit Reporter or an RMR is in all likeness to demand more salaries than an RPR or a Registered Professional Reporter. The RPR from the National Court Reporters Association or NCRA on the other hand will bag more salaries than someone who does not have the same credentials.
A court reporter does not typically need a four years’ degree but has to go through some accredited training programs in a court reporting school or a community college. You can enroll for these courses right after your high school. Here is more on them:
- Community Colleges: Dedicated teaching imparted in small classrooms — English, medical terminology and legal terminology required to clear or graduate from a court reporting school
- Trade Schools are generally more expensive than community colleges.
- You can even enroll for an online court reporting course, however it’s always advisable to go for classroom instruction to understand the nuances better.
*Salaries and benefits are subject to change with time, without prior notice.