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I was offered less than 7cpl this year with 10+ yrs experience.

Posted By: nm on 2008-12-23
In Reply to: TTS - rsky

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I'll keep that in mind when I'm offered 7cpl.

A year ago, I was offered 8 cpl for experience and I needed my own Word 2003. I turned them down. nm
I went through this last year. I was offered

a position and accepted, an acute care account doing all Ops.  My company was having issues and I thought I needed to make a change, but I was scared of a change.  I had been at the company 5 years, had easy platform, easy lines, comfortable with my dictators, plenty of work, etc.....   I called the next day and told them I decided to stay where I was.

Fast forward 6 months and my company lost my account, which was major one and not enough work to go around, plus the company had been telling us lies and were very unethical when all details became known.  At this time I had no choice but to make a change.  I did not contact KS, but went with another company. 

It has been a bit of a struggle having to learn all the new stuff.

My thoughts are if you were happy where you were you wouldn't have been looking in the first place.   You either have to accept the difficult situation at current position or make the change where things will be rough for a couple of months, but you might be better in the long run. 

I know how hard it can be having recently gone through it.




I was offered a job there last year...
and they offered me .85 per 65-character line, but it was not in the field I type in, so I turned it down.  They were very nice to me and always called when they said they would.  There was a minimum of 1,000 lines per day/5,000 a week when I looked into it last year, I don't know if that has changed any.  And then there is an incentive schedule for more lines, I think they increase your pay by .01 cent and so forth for up to 2,000 lines per day.  They pay twice a month, direct deposit.  They do deduct for transcribed errors/error values.  I can't remember the platform they use...I know it is one I have not used before.  I hope this helps.  Good luck with them! 
I was offered 9 cpl, but that was about a year ago and
I've heard they're really going downhill since then. 
I was offered a position about a year ago
and did not take it as you had to be on call every third week at night with a pager for stats.
I was offered 8 cpl last year, experienced. Didn't take it. nm
I was offered a job with MDI a year ago before I was hired at Keystrokes - SM
They told me that I probably wouldn't want to leave my other job as I probably wouldn't have enough work, and that the account they would put me on was VERY heavy ESL and needed unlimited long distance. That was a big turn off for me! I then accepted a position with Keystrokes right after that, and a year later I'm still glad that I did!
Don't know but last year offered 8 cpl w/sps from 1100-1400 lpd. Then went to 8.5 if consistently
Here, here. Exactly my experience also, even down to the 10 year work experience. nm
Howdy! In the last year, I applied and got offered jobs at a minumum of 10 companies
and not ONE single place checked any references - not 1.  Even the one who said they would, Diskriter, never made 1 call. Do you feel lucky??
Pay offered last year was 8 cpl/w on 1100 lpd. Some posters said they lost all their good accts
Offered 7.25 cpl for 30 years experience - sm
Your offer sounds like a good deal compared to mine, but neither is what we are worth.
12 yrs experience, offered 8.5 cpl in the last 6 months. :( nm
TTS offered me 6.5 cpl with 20 years' experience
I was offered 8 cpl with 19 years of experience.
I was going to give it a try, but I didn't want to purchase equipment for a job paying 8 cpl.  Sorry, but that's way low if you ask me.  I think it is a rather small company though. 
I have many many years of experience and was offered....
7.5 cpl as employee or 9 cpl for IC. Seemed way too low to me, especially after I was told what the account was like. They seem nice, but nice doesn't pay the bills! Good luck to you!

Me 16 yrs. experience. Offered 7 cents too.
20 years of experience and offered

I was offered 8 cpl with 12 years of experience. Did NOT accept the job!! nm
Use MT-World software, offered 8-1/4 cpl for experience, cap MIGHT be 9 cpl. nm
They use MT-World software and only offered me 8-1/4 cpl for experience. nm
10 yrs experience w/CMT Alltype offered 8.75 per line : (
Do know either question, but I was offered 8 cpl on 1100 lpd with experience. You get 8.5 cpl if U
Offered pay for 6 months experience... any good?

I got offered a position to type some reports in a specialty I have been typing for 6 months.  I was offered 7cpl for 65 character line.  Does not pay for hard returns, tabs, empty lines, headers, footers are not paid.  Spaces between words are. 

At my other position I was getting 6cpl including hard returns. 

How do I figure out if this new offer is equal or better than what I already had? 

Yes, I know neither are high paying.  I am new to the industry, only finished my course 7months ago.  BUT, this particular specialty is easy for me and I have very high marks with QA.

Any and all advise is welcome.  Thanks!

I had applied but they offered 7 cpl for 14 years experience..I said NO...
That's about all I know. I cant remember what kind of work it was either, but I wouldnt do clinic or acute care for that low pay.
Soooo...if those WITH lots of experience are being offered
Was offered 8-1/4 cpl for experience. They use MT World software. Didn't take the job. nm
I was offered 8 cpl w/years of experience. He wouldn't say if pay would go up if I didn't take
ATSI uses MT-World software. Pay offered was low for experience. nm
Paying for experience is NOT the norm out here. I'm finding newbies getting offered my same 8
Fifteen years experience here and also offered 8 cpl as a max at multiple companies. This biz is
going down hill fast. I remember making 10 cpl 10 years ago and that was cheap..Only profession I know that has gone down in wages rather than up. Very sad. If you offered 8 cpl..take it..
They use MT-World software. I was offered 8 cpl for experience. Benefits are supposed to kick in at
almost 1 year experience "newbie"

When I worked for Precyse right out of school I didn't expect any *special* treatment.  I want to scream anytime people say *my accounts are too hard* or that they *requested* to be taken off of certain accounts or certain doctors. 

My first *on the job* dictation with a VERY FOREIGN DOCTOR I wanted to bawl my eyes out.  I stuck it out, foreign doctor after foreign doctor, knowing that this is getting me the experience that I am going to need if I ever want to make it in this career. 

Almost 1 year later, though not still with Precyse for lack of work reasons, I feel that I am a way better MT for sticking out the tough doctors and not *cherry picking* my way through life. 

I think ESL docs are brilliant and amazing though--even though their speech and grammar is not ...look at the struggles they went through to get to where they are now.  Medicine, different language, all those things.

Anyways, point is, I love this career, take it seriously, and I hope that one day I can be up there with the best of them.

Do you think they would let someone test with one year of experience? Thanks. nm
Hving had experience with MDI-MD for over 1 year (sm)
This is the norm for them. I had posted about it a few months back and then a few months before that.

In the time that I was there, they had 3 hiring sprees for the account that I was working on. Why do you think that is? Because of more work or because of people quitting because of lack of work? It was because of lack of work.

I have since left and am working at a new company. I have more than doubled my production and in less time than it took for me to try to make the measly 700 lpd with MDI.

Yes, the pay is good and a little above average, but I will again state, that 0.095 per line times 0 is still 0.

Mark my words, in 3 more months, there is going to be an overload of dictation and everyone will be swimming with overtime, they will threaten the MTs with hiring more people to stay in TAT and then it will be slow again.

Been there done that, not going back.
Do they stick to their 3 year experience requirement? sm
I only have 1 year of ortho exp on clinic accounts but feel that I am very well qualified in that I usually send my reports direct and they do not need to go to my manager very often.
I have been an MT for 10 yrs & cannot get 7cpl?
I have been taking tests for all kinds of companies for 7 cpl and breezing through those tests too.  They still are not offering me jobs with my 10 years of experience as an MT.  Explain that!    I have a family to feed and I will take 7 cpl over 0 cpl right now!!!! 
Those are the same companies I thought about telling her. She has maybe 25 year experience in the
hospital setting.  I will recommend these companies to her.  I think she will be fine with one of them.  The hospital is going voice rec.
Why was the post about the 7cpl with
extensive cardiology experience post removed?
They only pay 7cpl with no raises

Where are the good paying clinic MT jobs anyway?  Its hard to make anything at 7cpl

Is 7cpl text/3.5 cpl VR for someone with 13 years exp. a good amt. sm

or is it low?  I've recently had to start looking for a new job and am trying to figure out what a good cpl rate is for someone with my experience:  13 years of mostly acute care work.  It seems kind of low to me but maybe not.  I've been an IC for the last five years or so, but kind of wanted to get away from it for a while as I can never seem to be discplined enough for my taxes.  The 7 cpl text and 3.5 cpl VR is employee status, the only benefit right now would be PTO with insurance in a few months possibly.  I worked at my last company forever and only made 8.5 cpl as an IC, so all of this is kind of new to me.


They don't pay header, footer, bold, underlined and at 7cpl at that and you have to ask
perhaps these lower 7cpl jobs feel you are overqualified. These (sm)
are usually newbie positions.
i clear over 800 a week, 40/week; 30+ year experience. (nm)
my first year I made 16k. Doubled that second year. Going on year 6 with (sm)

two local accounts I earned 23,000.00 and a national I earned 35,400... 58,400 this year.  Don't ask me how many hours, though, I really have no idea.  I'm pretty motivated.  (When people ask me how many hours I work a week I reply as many as it takes  I'd say 40-50/week.  I am also a fitness instructer and personal trainer, about 5 hours a week or so.  Decent money (sometimes under the table!) but mostly I just do it for fun and to be social and wear cute work-out clothes. 

that first year was a rough one... but I consider it part of my education. 


I'm pretty motivated. 

Last year, there was a letter sent that told us what we earned the previous year. sm
In the past, it has been all or nothing; if you did not hit the lines for full time for the year, you did not get PTO. I talked to my lead this morning about a last-minute vacation and she told me that the yearly packets are going out in a week or so and that the new policy will acrue PTO by the pay period or month. I like that a lot better, but she also made it sound like they are upping the amount of lines needed to acrue PTO. I normally get between 15 and 20,000 lines per pay period, so I am sure that will be fine but I am worried about the periods that have lower volumes, like most of January every year.
Webmedx lets you carry them from year to year sm
You can accrue up to 140 hours (I think) before you stop the accrual process. Don't have to use it all in one year.
I would stick it out, most places are slow now through the end of the year every year (nm)
Last year $36K part time, going to make more this year full time BUT sm

I AGREE it IS getting harder to make money.  I used to make $24 very part time 10 years ago and now...well it is Word and platforms versus WP5.1.  I got 7.5 cents a byte line then and I get 9.5 cents a character line now.  That IS a huge different in point of fact.


Experience versus not as much experience
--same job should equal same pay?...Come back and talk to me in 20 years...
For the most part, old school MTs have a ton more to offer than a newbie, by virtue of the amount that they know. Most old school MTs can do just about any kind of report, because they learned the old way, they used books--Dorland's was a bible--not software and spellcheck, they worked in house, in the environment, they understand things that a new person who has only worked online with their word books, shorthand, macros and software just cant understand.. Why things are done in a certain way... Why it is so important that certain documents are treated a certain way. Why some reports are stat versus others. What you might flag for the hospital and why... When you think you know everything, esp as a newbie, you are doomed my friend.
Also, cont education is something that most old school MTs understand is a benefit for them and a gift to themselves...part of their commitment to themselves and their own education, not a commitment to being a certified MT, it is a personal thing, a standard.
If you don't understand that, I don't know what else to tell you.
Sure newbies can transcribe, it isn't rocket science, but they know what they know, if you know what I mean..(and that's about all they know) if they don't care to continue their education once they are out of MT school.
There's a little more to it than what you have stated here. If you consider yourself an MT machine.. you will burn out sooner than you think.