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Laughable Transcription rate

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Tsemay T Member Since: Nov 10, 2018
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Hi all,


So I have received this one hour footage requires professional knowledge of medical, para-legal and sociology with in depth understanding of a country's social service system and native fluence of the language - with a rate of USD50. I would say it is not the worst when compared to the other offer on Upwork, but still I got scammed with my cilent ran away without paying. Well, that's another story, but you have to scam someone for just 50 bucks, I can't imagine how a legit task could offer. 


I feel so sorry for the professional transcriber here. No one pays for words and content anymore.

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Justin R Member Since: Aug 29, 2019
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That sounds like a terrible experience. Sorry you went through that. :/ 


I agree that transcription and copy writing can be incredibly underpaid and undervalued. I recommend perhaps exploring specializing your content and writing towards SEO practices, then seeking out SEO related work. It is still a lot of "grunt work" but typically pays much better compared to transcribing. 


Good luck!

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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I've posted transcription jobs on Upwork before, and about 75% of the bids I've received have been for $60/hour of tape. I looked around at some postings on other sites, and it seemed like $1/recorded minute was pretty standard. I agree there should be a premium for specialization, but this doesn't seem that far off from what is often presented as the "normal" rate for transcription.