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Is $15.00 per hour with excellent benefits good pay for a pathology transcriptionist

Posted By: MT on 2005-12-05
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There is an ad in my local newspaper for this position, and I am considering applying.  It doesn't mention anything about incentive, so I doubt that there is any, but the way the transcription industry is going, I think this may be my best shot for the next 15 years.  As I turned 50 yesterday and looking to retire at 65.  They have pension plan and 401K with match, long and short term disability.

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Is $15.00 an hour good pay for pathology transcriptionist at a LabCorp
with bennies, working in-house?
Anyone ever worked for LabCorp as a pathology transcriptionist, etc.

Would be interested to know about their benefits.  I have been offered a position as a Lead Support Transcriptionist and pay range is from 16 to 22 dollars per hour and they mention a whole lot of benefits on the website.  I know, I can ask them in a couple days, but am so anxious, just thought I would though the question out to see if anyone would respond.

By the way, LabCorp still has in-house transcription, so if your'e looking for work at a company try them.  If you have done acute care, you can do pathology.  I am an acute care transcriptionist myself.  They also have laboratory assistant jobs if your'e just tired of transcription as a whole.  I believe they start at about 13 an hour.

Anyone ever worked for LabCorp as a pathology transcriptionist, etc.

Would be interested to know about their benefits.  I have been offered a position as a Lead Support Transcriptionist and pay range is from 16 to 22 dollars per hour and they mention a whole lot of benefits on the website.  I know, I can ask them in a couple days myself, but am so anxious, just thought I would throw the question out to see if anyone would know firsthand.

By the way, LabCorp still has in-house transcription, so if your'e looking for work at a company, try them.  If you have done acute care, you can do pathology.  I am an acute care transcriptionist myself.  They also have laboratory assistant jobs if your'e just tired of transcription as a whole.  I believe they start at about 13 an hour.  I think your'e keying in accession numbers to the specimens submitted.

yes relocation fees. And it is not 10-15/hour ... unless you're a slow transcriptionist
We're just trying to find out REALISTICALLY and honestly if there are transcriptionists that have moved or would move to an area for a job and new life.
Precyse looks like they have excellent benefits. (sm)
I see they are only hiring for 2nd and 3rd shifts, but it sure sounds good.  In the past I saw posts about them over-hiring, but that seems to be the norm with most companies now.  Any other recent input on them?  Do they allow split shifts? 
Axolotl has excellent benefits, but
If you want any bit of flexiblity outside of your schedule, forget it.  Want a day off, that's a joke without getting harrassed for it.  If you make any mistakes you are told about it in a negative nonhelpful way and the platform is the worst I have ever been on and I've been an MT for many many years.  I quit and could never meet their standards, never had a problem elsewhere.  Way to stressful, not worth the grandiose benefits.  If you don't want to feel like you a worthless piece of crud, go elsewhere.
I love doing pathology, but it is hard to find a position for working at home. Gross pathology is
easy, descriptive typing.  Microscopic is a little more difficult, but once you get the terminology down, it goes really quickly.  I also found it easy to get lines in with pathology.  If you've done acute care, you should not have a problem with the transition, IMHO. 
Excellent benefits at TT. I have PPO coverage with a fairly low deductible
and pay $42 per pay period. The coverage is with First Health and they do offer coverage in all states. Good prescription drug coverage also ($10 copay). Hope this helps.
I love MT, but I am also so glad hubby has steady income and excellent benefits!
He retired with 20 years in the air force and has a retirement check from that, as well as standard and very basic benefits that we can use without paying a whole lot. He has worked full time since retiring from the air force (he was 40 when he got his 20) with excellent pay and awesome benefits that we pay a very low premium for. I used to make excellent cash as an MT when being paid on a gross line, but now I make maybe 20K a year with no benefits of any kind from my job. Now my income just supplements his and is for the extras we enjoy.
North Wilmington, DE - $21 per hour plus benefits. nm
Generally, benefits cost the employer $3/hour, so that's sm
probably how yours would figure out, too. 9/cpl/65 is a respectable rate for benefits. Like the other poster said, it depends on what you need and what your scheduling preferences are.

MQ has required a 40-hour commitment for years, in order to get benefits. nm
Good job...Excellent Post!!!
You could not have said it better or more straight forward.
Fairly flexible but they do like a schedule. Insurance is good. Benefits are good in my opinion.

For the past week, work has been a little slower but I think that is common in every company..some days busy and other not.

TransTech for many reasons, good pay, stable company, good benefits
and flexible.
I have looked around the last 6 months and have found nothing better. Have turned down numerous jobs, and have finally decided to stay put. The better insurance plans were announced and even moreso than ever, I am staying put, and my paycheck is happy about that because it is getting better every day. Good luck to you.
Good company, great people, good benefits.
Affordable insurance. Good luck!
Yes there is! Good pay and good bonuses and good benefits.

Management is good, benefits are good
As with most places, familiarity and building your templates is the key to lines. I never run out of work but, on the other hand, I said in my hiring interview that I had been through a series of good companies but where I was constantly running out of lines and so that was a huge priority for me, and they have honored their promise to keep me in full-time work. Insurance is cheap and good. PTO starts accruing from day 1. Holiday leave comes out of your PTO, but you earn 3 or more weeks a year (based on your lines typed) and they don't insist that you work it. I had Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, and New Year's day off for the 1st time in (seems like) forever! I would say, in all honesty, that the only thing I don't like is that I have to go to another page to check my lines but that takes a few seconds and is more of an inconvenience than anything.
Good grief its just 1 hour more a day

If one more hour a day is really going to kill you, well, I feel bad for you.

I think the entitlement issues I'm seeing here are from long-time employees that are used to having things a certain way, and any change sends them up the wall.  But try to put this in perspective when you look at the chaos that other people are going through at other companies.

Seriously, working 40 hours to get benefits is pretty much universal in all industries.  Its not as unreasonable as y'all are making out.  When we acquired Chartmatrix, its what THEY were working to get benefits.  This is another leveling of the playing field that came with the merger.

I think though, that in this economy we are lucky to have jobs.  If our employer has to do away with a few perks, it beats a layoff or having the company close.  It certainly beats having our insurance become unaffordable.  I have no axe to grind because I still think Webmex is paradise compared to some of the places I've been.

Good pay and benefits
 Does anyone know of a good company that is willing to pay 10cpl for someone with several years of experience?  Would they also have a good benefit package?
In this day and age, any benefits are good to
work at home. I have great MQ bennies but no work, so what good are they????
Looking for IC with 24-hour turnaround and good accounts....
Any recommendations? 
My training was good. It was about an hour long and then I was sm
working. I love Keystrokes and I love the account I am on. Perhaps the account you were on had 2 ESL doctors come up first. The account I am on in first in, first out, so there are days that I get mostly ESLs and days that I get no ESLs.
Help! Looking for good benefits, especially medical.
Spent the past couple of weeks applying for a few job openings and got offers from each company. For a variety of reasons, I am still looking but without exception, I found the benefits package insulting. I'm not that picky. Just want medical insurance that I can actually afford to take advantage of...reasonable deductible, at least fair to good coverage and premiums that won't break the bank. Any ideas?
saying any benefits is good is devaluing yourself
on, it isn't their problem you are broke. Take personal responsibility for your life...that is what made this nation great. Life, liberty and happiness. Find yours. Get a second job, quit MQ but insist on being valued for what you do. If you don't, stop blaming someone else.
TransHealth's benefits look very good SM

and pay is very competitive (meaning 8 to 10 cpl).

Family coverage is about $450 a month...so, although not cheap, much better than what you're having to pay now.  Also, they start the first of the month after you start.  So, if you start on Feb. 15, medical benefits kick in March 1.

They have an ad on the Job Seekers board.  You should check them out.

(I just finished the testing process and am waiting to hear back from them.  Dictation portion was tough, but the rest was not too bad.  Verbal quiz was scary, but not difficult.  Someone with the amount of experience that you have would do wonderfully, I'm sure.)

Good luck!  

Benefits are good at Medware
They offer United Healthcare and it costs me $17/week.  $250 yearly deductable and also includes a prescription card.  I have been with Medware for 2 years and they are a good company to work for.
Job #1 if you need benefits. Good luck! nm
Keystrokes has good FTE benefits
So sorry about you losing your job, and I hope you find something you enjoy quickly. 
Good benefits at Webmedx - sm
medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance; PTO and holidays. Lots of work, you use their equipment. ESL - that may be more of an issue. But it doesn't hurt to find out what is open at this time. Good luck to you. I was outsourced from my hospital job about 10 years ago and feel lucky to have ended up at Webmedx.
$7/hour is pretty darn good, I was making
the MT inexperience, as the inexperienced is all they are able to hire. Seasoned MT's know better than to go there.
12 hour window on my accts - pay for acute good. (sm)
Work flow steady, weekend and shift differentials, OT offered at times.

I think things are different for some people depending on the TAT and specifics for their accounts.

Talk to a recruiter, they can give you much more info.

As long as you don't need benefits, good place.
MDI florida, pretty good benefits,

transcription super, Debbie, very easy to work with, down-to-earth. Pay 10 cpl if you have Meditech experience for acute care/radiology.  Saw in one post where they were willing to train.  Worth looking into.  I work for them, good company so far.

Can you give specifics? Are the benefits at least any good? nm
Webmedx is great for me; good benefits, sm
PTO, reasonable insurance cost. Plenty of work, decent platform (although we had some trouble last week but that's rare). I realize one company can't be right for everyone, but Webmedx has been great for me. 8 years and counting.
10.5 w/ benefits & niceness feels good to me
Webmedx has pretty good benefits sm
The benefits at Webmedx are pretty good. You are eligible for benefits after 90 days. I am paying about $400 per month for a family plan for health, dental, and vision. The coverage is pretty good for general visits and pharmacy, but there is either a $1000 or $2000 deductible (depending on which plan you choose) for hospitalization, after which insurance pays 80% and you pay the rest. There is also a deductible for certain medical supplies. My son is a type 1 diabetic and we have to pay a $1000 deductible for his insulin pump supplies. Not the best insurance that I've ever had, but it is much cheaper than what my husband can get through his work (he would have to pay $1000 per month in premiums for a family plan).
It is good for employee, horrible for IC. Why no benefits? sm
There are too many companies out there (Keystrokes, WebMedx, etc) that will pay 9 cpl and have benefits. Don't sell yourself short. You have 10+ years and know the Basic 4. You should get employee status, at least 8.5 cpl and full benefits including PTO and insurance.
MDI-MD hires statutory employes, 24-hour window, and good pay. nm

Good luck. 

Are you telling her to work for $5 an hour? That is not healthy or good advice nm
Is 9cpl a good pay for employee position with benefits?
Trying to make comparisons.  Thanks
P.S. Exact same hours of my choice, benefits, etc,, Good luck All!!....NM
Good and Bad - some gifts bought/missed WMX benefits call (sm)

Of course I procrastinated to attend the call on my day off, then off I went with my daughter shopping. 

Did I miss anything much other than explanation of health plans?  Is there a web site they referred to you?  Should I call HR and admit I am a moron? 


Gotta agree -- YOG was the best! Great pay, good benefits. I quit sm
the moment I heard she had sold to MQ .. ugh. 
Good luck to you. Hope they are lenient with the benefits with all the low work. nm
Seeking company that offers good benefits including insurance.
Ideally, I'd like to find a company that offers medical insurance at a reasonable cost for family (under $500 a month) and a decent line count rate. Anyone have any ideas on this. Thanks.
That's strange. When I received an offer, I thought it was competitive and the benefits were good
especially medical insurance benefits for family. Maybe I did not look at them very close. Could you elaborate on what you were offered? I really thought they were decent pay and benefits.
Transolutions? Anyone know how good their medical insurance benefits are, costs, etc..specifically
family coverage. They say you only have to work 32 hours to be eligible so I'm curious what their benefits are like. Thanks
Focus Infomatics--Anyone have any experience with their insurance benefits, good rate, etc..
Yes, I know all there is to know about them in the negative form but people respond only if you know about their insurance plan. Thanks
Great company -- good benefits, average pay, easy-to-achieve sm

incentive tier, ExText platform, pay by direct deposit every 2 weeks, always on time.  The people in management seem to genuinely care about the employees, which is a nice plus.  I have been there since October and am very happy.  Of course, one man's paradise is another man's hell it seems at times, but it is a good fit for me.


Good luck!