Court reporters are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, court reporters rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 35% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy court reporters are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Funeral director
3.2
$49k
Distance learning coordinator
3.2
$91k
News reporter
3.2
$27k
Translator
3.1
$35k
Bailiff
3.1
$48k
Court reporter
3.0
$57k
Travel agent
3.0
$44k
Judicial law clerk
3.0
$51k
Ambulance dispatcher
2.9
$47k
Probation officer
2.9
$60k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are court reporters happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do court reporters find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as court reporters?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are court reporter’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are court reporters making the best use of their abilities?

Are court reporters happy with their salary?

Court reporters rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.2/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most court reporters having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked court reporters how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

87 court reporters

5 Star
15%

15% of court reporters rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of court reporters rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
34%

34% of court reporters rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of court reporters rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of court reporters rated their compensation 1 stars

Do court reporters find their jobs meaningful?

On average, court reporters rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.8/5. While most court reporters aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked court reporters how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

86 court reporters

5 Star
16%

16% of court reporters rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of court reporters rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of court reporters rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of court reporters rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of court reporters rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as court reporters?

Court reporters rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of court reporters find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked court reporters how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

92 court reporters

5 Star
30%

30% of court reporters rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of court reporters rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of court reporters rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of court reporters rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of court reporters rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a court reporter’s work environment?

As a whole, court reporters rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.5/5. A solid majority of court reporters enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a court reporter.

We asked court reporters how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

91 court reporters

5 Star
25%

25% of court reporters rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of court reporters rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of court reporters rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of court reporters rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of court reporters rated their work environment 1 stars

Are court reporters making the best use of their abilities?

Former court reporters on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most court reporters are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked court reporters how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

92 court reporters

5 Star
25%

25% of court reporters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of court reporters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of court reporters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of court reporters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of court reporters rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars