Transcription Rates

Guide to Transcription Rates

VT takes pride in producing transcription of a very high standard ensuring that a transcription is recorded as comprehensively as possible.

The cost of transcribing your audio will vary depending on the quality of recording equipment used, the clarity and speed your subjects speak and the number of people speaking.

Virtual Transcriber transcription rates for one on one interview recording is R9.00 for each minute of audio file not longer than 60 minutes. Any audio longer than 60 minutes will be charged at R11.00 for every additional minute. Bulk audio files will be considered for a discounted rate if quality is good.

Group recordings will take longer depending on the number of participants, quality of recording, how well the group is facilitated, and whether the speakers must be individually identified. Such transcriptions are best quoted on a per project basis (i.e. research/court proceedings). A once off group recording (meetings/conference/disciplinary hearing) will generally be charged at a rate of R225.00 per hour of transcribing.

Virtual Transcriber takes extra time and care with doing transcripts, and take pride in the quality of work done. If you would like VT to estimate the cost of a particular project, please contact me with the details of your audio transcription project.

Submit a Request for Quote to receive an all inclusive quote and time-frame for your specific project.


Please note: Electronic transcription typing requires specialized skills which include the ability to discern various accents and pronunciation of words by speakers, comprehension of the particular subject terminology used in a recording, high standard of grammar and accurate spelling.

Due to varying qualities of audio and video recordings and people participating a 1 hour recording may take 4 to 8 hours of transcribing into a substantive document (industry guideline).

If you have not yet recorded your audio we suggest you read our recording tips in the FAQs to ensure the best and cheapest transcription.

* VT reserves the right to increase the hourly rate if the audio or video file quality is poor or when more than 2 people are involved. This will, however, not be done without consulting with the client and reaching a mutual agreement.

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