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5 Work at Home Transcription Companies that Pay at Least $50/ahour

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If you’re completely new to transcription, you may want to look at these 6 Transcription Companies that Hire Beginners. Keep in mind that the companies in that blog post pay much lower the industry standard, but they’re a good place to get started. Also, if you want to learn more about becoming a transcriptionist you can read the blog post titled Become a Work at Home Transcriptionist (Resources and 30+ Job Leads)
Now that we have got that out of the way let’s talk about this article.
Some of the work from home transcription companies listed in this article do consider beginners if you pass their testing during the application process. Take your time and read all of the requirements on the company’s page before you apply for a position. Give special attention to the guidelines; they’re different for every company.
Keep in mind that wahwithme is not affiliated with any of the companies listed here. I’ve done extensive research, and due to Non-Disclosure Agreements(NDAs), it’s difficult to find some of the information for all of these companies, but I do my best to provide you with the important details.

AccuTran Global Work at Home Review

  • Location: They hire in the United States and Canada.
  • Type of Transcription: General. Legal and medical are options.
  • Pay: Rates vary between $0.004 per word to $0.0055 per word and $0.40 per audio minute for projects with longer turnaround times e.g. two weeks vs next day. Payments are made via direct deposit before the 15th of every month for work completed in the previous month.
  • Scheduling: You let them know each Friday via e-mail what your availability for the week is, and they will assign you to work based on the times you choose.
  • Advancement: They have advancement options including scoping, review, editing, and proofreading. Also, special projects with accents, legal, and medical terminology.
  • Requirements: They will consider beginners if you do well on the test. You need a computer running Windows 10 or Mac with Parallels or a VM, with a minimum of 4GB RAM. A quite work environment is required, over-the-ear headphones, and of course broadband internet.
  • Apply: Go here and click on Apply For Work. Read the information package, and you’ll find instructions and the next steps for testing.

CyberDictate Work at Home Review

  • Location: They only hire residents of the United States.
  • Type of Transcription: General and legal.
  • Pay:  Their pay rates are rumored to be a 1/2 cent per word.
  • Scheduling: I can’t find much on this company since they have a strict NDA and are picky about who they hire.
  • Advancement: Unclear, due to the lack of information circling the Internet.
  • Requirements:  They state you must have experience transcribing and meet their equipment requirements before testing.
  • Apply: There is a testing process that you will need to pass before you’re hired on with them.  Click here to get started.

SpeakWrite Work at Home Review

  • Location: They hire in the United States and Canada.
  • Type of Transcription: General and legal options.
  • Pay: They pay a 1/2 cent per word, and payments are made twice per month via check or direct deposit.
  • Scheduling: Every week you sign up for typing shifts, which are presented in 1-hour increments.
  • Advancement: I can’t find anything about career advancement, but I read one review of the company that didn’t look promising. However, since this is just one person’s opinion, I’d take it with a grain of salt.
  • Requirements: Their list of requirements are generic. Must have at least 12 months experience in general or legal transcription, and be able to type at least 60 wpm. They also list the general computer specs, and you can read all the requirements before you apply from the link below.
  • Apply: Click here to read through their employment overview and apply to test.

Tigerfish Work at Home Review

  • Location: They only hire residents of the United States.
  • Type of Transcription: General.
  • Pay: Their pay is rumored to be 1/2 cent per word.
  • Scheduling: I can’t find much about how their platform works concerning scheduling or availability. However, from all the posts on forums that I’ve read, they seem to be somewhat flexible.
  • Advancement: Once again, I cannot find much on this company due to their NDA, so I’m unsure of the options of career advancement.
  • Requirements: They do hire beginners assuming you pass their test. Macs are not compatible with their video time-coding software, so you’ll need a Windows operating system.
  • Apply: Go here and read through their instructions carefully. You’ll find their style-guide and audio test files.

Verbal Ink Work at Home Review

  • Location:  They only hire residents of the United States.
  • Type of Transcription: General.
  • Pay: Verbal Ink do not disclose their pay on their website, but after researching I’ve found that their pay is rumored to be at least $50/audio hour and up.
  • Scheduling: Like most of the companies on this list they have a strict NDA, and this information was difficult to come by. On Glassdoor, I’ve read some reviews, and they seem to be flexible like most transcription companies.
  • Requirements: Their requirements are typical of this industry. Of course, they prefer experience, but there is a test, and if you do well you’ll likely get hired regardless of you working experience.
  • Apply: Click here to apply.

Equipment for Transcriptionists

Foot Pedals:

I use the Infinity pedal that CareerStep sent to me in 2009 when I studied Medical Transcription. I recommend it to everyone. The thing is build to last!
Here are some other pedals with good ratings just to show you more than one option:


I don’t use any fancy headset. I just use the headset that I purchased for my call center job conferences and they’re perfect for my transcription work.
I’ve seen the following headphones recommended from other transcriptionists if you want to buy yourself something with all the bells and whistles:


I used a mechanical keyboard for the longest time. Once I purchased my MacBook and used the keyboard, I had to purchase an Apple keyboard. This type of keyboard isn’t for everyone, but let me tell you that it’s increased typing my speed and duration drastically!
If you’re more of a mechanical keyboard person I’ve seen these keyboards recommended by other transcriptionists:

Software for Transcriptionists

I’ve only used Express Scribe and Pedable over the years. They’ve been great and I haven’t run into any issues. Although, I’ve seen other transcriptionists have a negative opinion of both so you might want to check out other options until you find something that you’re comfortable with.
Some other audio players I’ve seen transcriptionists recommend are:

Have you worked for any of these companies? Let us know below.

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