Closed Captioning Jobs

Top 25 Best Closed Captioning Jobs That Allow You to Work From Home

Are you looking to make money from captioning videos and TV shows? These closed captioning jobs might be right for you.

Closed captioning is the process of adding subtitles or captions to videos. That way people who are hearing impaired can more easily understand what’s being said. There are many companies that need someone like you to work from home as a closed captioner! 

What Are Closed Captioning Jobs?

There are a lot of companies that require closed captioning of videos and TV shows. This is not only for their own use but also for distribution on other platforms. A closed captioner is someone who watches a video or TV show and types out the words that are said in real-time.

Some of these jobs can allow you to work from home. This makes them very attractive options for those looking to stay home with kids, and also for those who run their own business while working remotely. If you want to watch TV and write subtitles for money this may be for you.

Types of Closed Captioning Jobs From Home

There are 2 main types of closed captioning jobs: offline and real-time.

1. Offline Closed Captioning

A post-production process where captions are added to a video or program after it is filmed. The show can be live or pre-recorded, but captions need to be created after shooting ends. 

An editor watches a show and identifies speech that needs to be translated into text. The words are then entered on a separate computer screen. They are then properly formatted for display onscreen during playback. 

Offline captioners usually watch shows in sound-isolating booths. This minimizes distractions and ensures accuracy. Their sole focus is on capturing what's being said in real-time. They enter it into captions as quickly as possible.

You won't need to be in a sound-isolating booth to do the offline captioning jobs we have listed here. You just need a quiet place to work that is free from distractions.

2. Real-Time Closed Captioning

Real-time captioners are the type of captions that appear on live TV and in real-time. In most cases, they prepare captions while also watching the live broadcast.

Many of these types of positions require prior experience with offline closed captioning. This is due to the high-pressure nature of captioning live broadcasts in real-time. You must be very fast and accurate to meet the demands of this type of job.

Real-time captioners sometimes receive scripts before a program begins. They are responsible for simultaneously preparing and transmitting at the time of origination. 

Real-time captioners usually work in pairs, each working on a different computer. They will typically sit side by side in front of their computers. Headphones are used to communicate with one another as they write out captions in unison.

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25 Best Places to Apply to Closed Captioning Jobs

Here are 25 of the best places that you can apply to get closed captioning work.

#1 Rev

REV is a platform that matches you with professional video producers. REV captions come from closed-captioned movies, television shows, or marketing videos. 

Rev

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

Requirements: 

  • Grammar Quiz

  • Submit Caption Sample

  • US Resident (except California), Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, UK, Australia, India, Netherlands, or South Africa

Pay Rate:

  • $0.54 - $1.10 per video minute

Advantages

​Speed really is a big advantage. If you type fast you will be able to make good money. 

Disadvantages

When you first get started with REV, it can take a little while to get used to the system. 

#2 National Captioning Institute

National Captioning Institute partners with local and national networks, online publishers, and universities. NCI is one of the largest sources of captioning services in North America.

National Captioning Institute

Type:

  • Real-Time Transcription

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications or similar field

  • Willing to work Holidays, Overtime, and Unconventional Hours

  • Hardwired Internet, no WiFi

Pay Rate:

  • $35,00 per year paid training

Advantages

NCI is an industry leader and a step above other freelance captioning jobs. NCI offers a streamlined workflow and procedures, and the workload is very manageable.

Disadvantages

There's not much room for promotion.

#3 CrowdSurf

CrowdSurf is a platform that provides on-demand captioning services. They make media more accessible and enjoyable for viewers around the world. The company delivers captions to some of today’s biggest media brands.

CrowdSurf

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Work Minimum of 20 tasks per week

  • 18+ years of age

  • Pass Tests

Pay Rate:

  • $0.10 per task

Advantages

CrowdSurf is among the best captioning jobs for beginners. 

Disadvantages

The pay is low compared to other online captioning jobs. 

#4 Daily Transcription

Daily Transcription provides captions for entertainment purposes. Captions are usually uploaded as an audio file. They are sent electronically by either a producer or a post-production company.

Daily Transcription

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Previous captioning experience

  • Have your own closed-captioning software

  • Sign NDA

  • 18+ years of age

Pay Rate:

  • $0.75 to $1.10 per video minute

Advantages 

Making captions for online videos is a fun and enjoyable way to make money from home. Creating captions for content can be both interesting and challenging.

Disadvantages

Since most of your jobs are picked for you, if you don't want to take a certain one there isn't much choice.

#5 TransPerfect

TransPerfect has dedicated itself to being the world's leading enabler of global communications. They have been in the business for over 20 years. It offers a full suite of captioning services including interpretation and translation.

TransPerfect

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

Requirements: 

  • Type at 60+ WPM

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 1-year Captioning Experience

Pay Rate:

  • $16 - $17 per hour

Advantages

You work when you want and can earn pretty decent money for relatively little work. You get to do your own thing and have lots of freedom in what you do and how you spend your time.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, pay is low compared to other video captioning jobs. TransPerfect hires newbies who are in their first-to-second month of experience. Thus they’re inexperienced in captioning. This means a higher workload with zero extra pay. 

#6 Verbit

Verbit combines artificial intelligence with human expertise and makes users the most reliable solution to ensure that all video and audio content, live and pre-recorded, are accessible to all.

Verbit

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

Requirements: 

  • Excellent typing skills

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work independently

  • College or university diploma (completed or in progress) in literature, linguistics, communication, journalism, or other related discipline recommended

Pay Rate:

  • $0.30 per video minute

Advantages

Verbit offers a comprehensive benefits program including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term and long-term disability leave, and paid time off.

Disadvantages

You need to have a mandatory and comprehensive two (2) week training period that Verbit offers for all new employees.

#7 VITAC

What sets VITAC apart is its enormous range of services. VITAC does everything from transcribing audio to creating captions. 

VITAC

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Type at 200-225 WPM

  • Closed Captioning Experience

  • Send in a caption sample

Pay Rate:

  • $12 - $65 per hour

Advantages

Being a VITAC contractor is great because they take care of all benefits. They have free health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance and so much more! 

Disadvantages

You have to follow every detail of their rules and regulations. There is not much flexibility when you need a day off or cannot meet certain time deadlines. 

#8 CaptionLabs

CaptionMax is a team of committed workers who want to make media more accessible for all people. Their captioning services include general business, medical and scientific. They also produce entertainment, gaming, and live television captioning.

CaptionLabs

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Submit a resume and cover letter with relevant experience and contact information

  • Fluency in oral and written English as well as extensive attention to grammar

  • A track record of 180-220 WPM for real-time closed captioning

Pay Rate:

  • Varies

Advantages

No prior experience in completing captioning projects or familiarity with captioning software is necessary. They will train you and provide you with all the equipment.

Disadvantages

 There are limited promotion opportunities in this company.

#9 VIQ Solutions

VIQ Solutions is one of the largest online closed captioning companies. They have provided captions for thousands of shows and movies. 

VIQ Solutions

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Background Check

  • Possible Drug Screening

  • Possible Employment Check

Pay Rate:

  • $7 per hour

Advantages

There are a few advantages to working with VIQ Solutions. They pay competitive wages. They provide online training that's easy to follow. Job opportunities are widely available.

Disadvantages

The software is a little buggy. That doesn't mean it's terrible, but there are times when it will crash. 

#10 FlexJobs

FlexJobs specializes in freelance opportunities. They are remote-friendly. They offer a variety of different job types, including closed captioning.

FlexJobs

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Varies

Pay Rate:

  • Rates

Advantages

They allow you to set your own pay rate. They will negotiate for you if you are a new freelancer. 

Disadvantages

The biggest problem is that there are so few jobs available and they tend to fill up fast. The same goes for freelance work, which is scarce as well. Even when jobs become available, many times there is fierce competition for them.

#11 AI Media

Inclusivity has always been a passion of AI Media, and to be part of a company with such a vision is simply amazing. AI Media strives to provide access for all users. This way everyone can benefit from information online.

AI Media

Type:

  • Offline Closed Captioning

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Type at 180 WPM

  • 3-5 years of experience

Pay Rate:

  • $39K - 43K per year

Advantages

They are doing a fantastic job of improving their tools as well as implementing new tools. Their software is user-friendly. You're able to do most of my work on your own without any help. 

Disadvantages

Employees for AI Media have plenty of criticism with regard to pay and hours worked. Many employees cite low wages as well as long work hours. Training is very strenuous and there is a lot of pressure to meet deadlines.

#12 Aberdeen Broadcast Services

Aberdeen Broadcast Services provides the most fulfilling closed captioning jobs around. It offers its knowledge to every single employee who joins the team.

Aberdeen Broadcast Services

Type:

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning

Requirements:

  • Type at 180-220 WPM

  • Have your own real-time closed captioning software

  • 2 Computers (1 Backup)

  • 2 Phone lines and 1 cellphone

  • Backup Internet Connection

Pay Rate:

  • $16 - $20 per hour

Advantages

You are not micromanaged, but you also have no one to help or bounce ideas off of. I didn't enjoy being in a studio by myself for days on end, but that's what you get with self-employment. This is completely independent work and there will be periods when you're left on your own. If that's what you need from a job, then great!

Disadvantages

Aberdeen uses older formats, so it can be difficult to keep up with what they are requesting from you.

#13 Classroom Captioning

Classroom Captioning is one of the most respected providers of closed captioning services. They have been helping clients to meet their ADA requirements for decades.

Classroom Captioning

Type:

  • Real-Time Closed Captioning