TigerFish Transcription Job Review: How Much Do They Pay?

Learn How You Can Transcribe for TigerFish and earn up to $15 an hour! One of the best sites for beginning transcribers is TigerFish. TigerFish is a company that occasionally has work at home transcription job openings. There seems to be some buzz about this company, so I decided to write a review to figure out if this sites a scam and to give you some information about the job.

From what I found TigerFish seems to be a great company that a beginning transcriber may be interested in. If you’re a beginner, make sure to check out the free general transcription course at Transcribe Anywhere. It can help you master the art of transcription!

Lets jump into this TigerFish Review and learn more about the requirements, type of work, and how much this transcription job pays!

TigerFish Requirements

tigerfish transcription job reviewAs mentioned, TigerFish does hire transcribers with no experience. The only real requirements are over 18, and you must be in the US.

You’ll need a Windows computer, high-speed internet, and a phone so they can contact you if needed. Also, there is a program that you’ll need to buy if hired to do the work. From what I can see it’s around $250, I took a look at eBay and other auction sites and can’t find it any cheaper, unfortunately. They also recommend having a high-quality headset and foot pedal.

TigerFish Application Process

The TigerFish Application is a bit different than most sites. Usually, the application and files are built into the site, but not in this case. First, you’ll want to check out the TigerFish styling guide. This is how they want their transcription to be laid out. You’ll want to pay close attention to this and follow it exactly.

Next, you’ll need to transcribe three different audio files that you download off their website. You’ll need to download a free program to listen to the audio. Each file is around 5 minutes long and is a good example of a typical audio file that you’ll be transcribing when hired.

You need to transcribe all three audio files and then send them to an email that they provide. They also ask for you to include how long it took to transcribe each audio file.

In the email, they ask for any experience you have and education details.

From what I can see they don’t always respond, if you’re accepted you can expect to hear back within a few weeks, but if you don’t get hired you may never hear anything back.

Transcribing at TigerFish

If you’re familiar with other transcription sites, there isn’t any new information here. Once hired TigerFish has a list of audio files that need to be transcribed. You can log in at any time and begin transcribing files.

There isn’t a guarantee that you’ll have work waiting for you. Sometimes they have a lot of files available and other times just a few. Just like any business they go through slow stages, so this most likely isn’t a job where you can work full time unless you’re a member of multiple transcription sites.

How Much Does TigerFish Pay?

I could not find any information about pay on the TigerFish website, but there is a lot of information in forums. From what I can see you’re paid around $.005 per word transcribed. Which is pretty typical for most sites that hire beginners.

Within the forum, one person says that she can make up to $15 an hour, but most likely she is pretty good at transcribing. I’d say most beginners will be around $8-$10 an hour until you improve and can transcribe faster.

Is TigerFish A Scam?

TigerFish Transcription is not a scam; they’re a very reputable company that hires and pays its workers. I like that they accept beginners, and the going rate is pretty standard for a site that hires beginners.

I’m not a huge fan of having to buy a product to transcribe with them. It’s a pretty big investment for someone just starting to transcribe. Despite the initial investment everything in the forums seem to be positive, and current workers are pretty happy with the company.

I’d say TigerFish is a perfect company for someone looking to gain experience in transcription. To learn more or start the application process visit the jobs page at TigerFish.

TigerFish isn’t the only company that hires beginners. To see some other transcription sites visit Work At Home Jobs I Recommend.

My job is to provide you with different ways to make money online, some of you might not be interested in transcription. To see some other ways to make money online visit Extra Online Income Sites. Of course, if you’d like to see how I work from home, check out Start Your Own Online Business.

Interested in TigerFish? Have more information to add to this review? Let me hear your thoughts about the transcription job at TigerFish in the comments below!


My name is Brok and I am the Owner of Full Time Job From Home. I started making money online in 2013 and created this site to teach others how they can do the same. To see exactly how I make money online visit Start A Profitable Blog

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 12 comments
Molly - January 31, 2016

So many transcription jobs can be scams. Many people looking for online jobs have encountered a site where the task can never be completed to the necessary satisfaction of the ’employer’, who then refuses to pay. Having read this article, I am more reassured that Tigerfish is genuine, and I’m thinking of giving them a try.

    Brok - February 2, 2016

    Thanks for checking out my TigerFish Review. TigerFish is 100% a reputable company, key is getting accepted.

    Let me know how applying goes and if you get accpeted!


Sammi - November 11, 2015

This is a great review and just what I’ve been looking for. I’m currently looking in to transcription work in the UK which seems to be much harder to get in to. I’ve previously been a transcriber so have enough experience. Are there many companies in the US like Tigerfish? I’m going to have a look at some of your other reviews now. What a great site! Sammi

    Brok - December 8, 2015

    Hey Sammi

    Great to hear you have some transcription experience. If you’re interested in some other transcription sites, check out my WAH job board. There’s plenty of transcription jobs on the list.

    Surely you can find something that works for you on the list!

    Let me know if you need any more help!


Richard - October 31, 2015

Excellent review of this transcription job! I did not some transcription work with idictate in the past. For someone looking to work at home these types of companies can be pretty decent. It sounds like a bit of an investment, but for someone really wanting to get started with this work it seems that tiger fish could be a good way to go.

I know you talk about the main way you make money online. For those that have not looked into your course you offer I highly recommend it! It will be worth it. You have so much great advice on about work from home that is honest and legitimate. Thanks, Richard

    Brok - December 8, 2015

    Hey Richard, thanks for checking out my site, leaving a comment, and recommending my course.

    I really appreciate you taking the course and sharing with others!

    You’re right that transcribing with Tiger Fish is a pretty good company to get started with. If you’re interested in transcription it’s a good way to go.

    Thanks again for the comment.


Neil - July 20, 2015

I’ve heard all about transcribing before, but wanted to know more about it through Google and came across your website 🙂

Your review on TigerFish is great, and I’ve just learned so much from you in a very short space of time, so Thanks for the education on Transcription jobs!

I will definitely be following your recommendations here too. Neil

    Brok - July 21, 2015

    Thanks for the comment Neil.

    Transcription is a good way to make some money from home and some people even do it full time.

    It’s not as easy as one might think, but with anyting, you’ll get better over time.

    Rate of pay might not be great at first, but as you get better you can make more.

    Thanks for stopping by


Fidel - July 20, 2015

Great review here.guess this review answers all the questions been asked, most especially, if they are a scam or not.
I really like the way you took your time to explain in details what this program is all about.
I wish they were accepting workers worldwide. But do you have any idea if they will be considering accepting workers worldwide?

    Brok - July 21, 2015

    Hey Fidel,

    Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a comment.

    Right now they don’t seem to have any plans to open up worldwide. But I do have a few transcription site that do hire outside the US.

    You can see these sites at Work At Home Jobs.

    Hope this helps


Sarah - July 20, 2015

My husband looked into doing this at home for a bit, but it seemed like it was really complicated. He found companies that required you to purchase certain types of equipment that went a long with your computer and it all seemed a big hassle. Do you need to worry about transcribing really complex conversations, like really medical or scientific words that might not be interpreted correctly? That seems like it would be difficult.

    Brok - July 20, 2015

    Hey Sarah thanks for the comment.

    I agree that the companies that make you purchase additional equipment is a bit of a pain. There are quite a few that don’t require this though, which makes it much easier to apply and get started.

    Now TigerFish does general transcription so most files are pretty easy to transcribe. There is medical and legal transcription, which usually pays more and of course requires some knowledge of the field to interpret everything correctly.

    But with TigerFish most files should be pretty easy to understand.

    Hope this helps,



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