The average salary for court reporters was $55,000 per year as of May 2014, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the local government level, the average annual salary was $58,270. State government court reporters averaged $58,250 per year, while federal executive branch reporters earned $57,030.
There was significant geographical variance in average pay for court reporters as well, with the top average salaries in New York at $88,420 per year. California was the second highest paying state for court reporters with an average annual salary of $84,430. Colorado was third at $74,950 per year, followed by Iowa at $64,430 and Texas at $61,950.