Reply To: What is a reasonable rate? Home › Forums › Transcription › What is a reasonable rate? › Reply To: What is a reasonable rate? December 2, 2015 at 10:36 am #3151 BaliParticipant When I did transcription, I was paid by the word. I think it actually works out better if you’re paid by the word. One hour of audio would take me two to three hours to complete, so $20 per audio hour would break down to less than $7 an hour.