Guide to Transcription Prices and Rates

A lot of attention has been accorded to online transcription services nowadays mainly because of the rise in the number of people who want to work from their homes since they appear in different persona. Whether it is a company that has a group of professional transcribers, a free lancer, housewife looking for extra money, student looking to make cash from home or an employee who wants more money, they are all working towards the same goal. This is to get money. The main question should be how the transcription services are rated? Below are some of the price schemes that are used by different transcription service providers online:


These are the most common and usual way to charge. This scheme allows both the client and the transcriber to monitor how the work is being done. It is however important to calculate the rates per minute carefully depending on the speed of the conversation, clarity of sound, presence of other languages and dialects, which are not familiar among many other things. Internet expenses and time used when downloading the source file should also be taken into consideration. transcription rate per minute


This is also a common mode of payment. This is where you pay a number of cents for every line that has been transcribed. The industry standard is normally 65 characters. This also depends on the difficulty and volume of the work and it can also vary indifferent locations. transcription rate per line


This is mostly used in straight transcription where the client gets the work typed on a template. It is beneficial for the transcribers who are really fast as they end up getting value for money. Most companies however do not use this as the longer it takes the more the client pays thus people who type fast are penalized. transcription rate per hour


This is mostly used for medical transcription as it needs additional skill sets.


This can also be used but is highly disadvantageous especially when there are a lot of pauses used as you will end up typing less thus getting less pay.

Extra fees can be charged when there is:

  • Rush transcription
  • Scanning tapes to find the material for transcription
  • Mini and micro cassettes used for phone interview transcription
  • Lectures, panel discussions and focus groups
  • Interviews that are recorded poorly
  • Thick accents
  • Many interviewees
  • Audio quality that is poor

It is vital that you avoid such charges. Keep in mind that “rush transcription” can raise the cost up to 50%. Get value for money and don’t sell yourself short regardless of the scheme used.

Jessica Miller, Marketing Head in Transcriptionwave, General Transcription Services Company in the US.

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