The U.S. Department of Labor statistics currently show the average yearly income for court reporters at approximately $53,000. First and second year freelance reporters can make approximately 35 to $40,000 and then increase by $10,000 each year. Typically a freelance court reporter of five years earns over $70,000. An official court reporter in Oklahoma starts at $40,000 per year plus all state benefits, to include healthcare and retirement. A freelance court reporter sets their own schedule and need not have to work every day.