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Means a line is a line is a line, even if it only has one word on the line

Posted By: Gross line on 2005-08-18
In Reply to: Dumb question - anon

it is considered a line. 

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"a line is a line" means gross line.
Gross line is a line, no matter how long or short.
A line is a line is a line. Doesn't matter if we are talking about radiology or acute care.

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Yes to old reports! Their ExText has all the regular functions except line counts are done on line
Thanks for the info! Do you *feel* like you make more with a gross line v. character line? (nm)

Oh, they make money off us. Line rate is 17 cents a gross line.nm
Keystrokes has very few accts on line using ExText. Most use Cphones/2nd line. Lots of Rad
Could someone help me with the figuring out of gross line versus character line? sm
I have generally been paid by character line, 65-character line.  Now, I have had job opportunities offering to pay gross line but it like 3 cents cheaper than what I am being paid now.  A few places I have read that gross line is MUCH better, but is it much better if the pay is so much lower?  Please explain how it works or equals out.  This position has offered me 6 cents per gross line - what would that equal out to in character lines?  Thanks...so confused...
Spaces are not taken into account with gross lines....a line is a line...sm

if there seven words on a line.

or two


or a full line of typing...all of the companies that I have worked for define a gross line as 1 inch margins, 12 pt courier font....does not matter what we type in margins or font.....we convert all reports to the 1 inch margins and courier 12 font and then count the lines.  not the blank spaces between the lines.

Hope this helps.

I left MQ for TT. The base line rate was less at TT, but overall I make more per line with the
shift differential (I work second shift) and the incentive plan (I have never once failed to make at least an extra half cent per line on incentives - most of the time a penny). I was scared to death to make that move, as I had been with MQ since back in the Transcriptions Limited days. I have to say, though, that it was the best career move I have ever made and I have never, not once, regretted it.

I hope that was of some help.
15 years ago, I charged .22 per line to big accounts. Now I have been forced down to .13 per line.
This is in part due to offshore companies, in part due to newbies coming in and underbidding to get an account but not being able to service it and then the account expecting everyone else to meet that price. The market is being driven down by many forces, and it is not pretty. I used to pay .14 per line (gross line too) and now pay my subs 0.08. It is not something I wanted to do, but something that was necessary. With only 15 MTs, I feel the squeeze more than some of the big companies out there, but cannot grow and keep up the same standards.

Healthcare in general is not the money-maker it once was, and transcription has taken a hard hit over the years.
Line counts - the lower the line count requirements
the harder the account and problems with trying to get production off the platform the company uses.
I see they pay on a VBC line. Isn't that a huge paycut from a 65-char. line with spaces? nm
Actually, SBC does allow it. I had my line changed to a business line and talked with a sm
supervisor who okayed it.  As long as I am listening to voice files, and not one computer talking to another, faxing, etc., it is within their guidelines.  :-)
Ask what is a line. I was offered 6 clp for a 42 black character line sm
that seemed to strange, but really it was not so bad.  Came out pretty close to a 65 k/s line at 8.5 to 9.
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A gross line is any line that has a character on it, so even if

a line just has one character on it, it is considered a line.   If you are getting 6 cpl per gross that is approximately equal to 8 cpl based on 65 characters.  Sometimes the font on a gross line can make it be less than that though. 

NEVER believe the company line. Do line count for yourself.
Line by Line Transcription....anyone have any info?
The overall pay means more than cents per line
Getting really bad ESL or even really sloppy American doctors at 12 cpl is sometimes less profitable than some accounts at much less CPL. The bottom line is making a living and I've found there is not much compensation for doing the crap work in this profession anymore. The more experience, the more crap work you often end up with (and less pay for it).

Don't believe it if they say it. If it means the bottom line,
I think you need to suck it up and learn to do ESLs or you'll be left behind.

8.5-9 means cents per line, not dollars per hour. nm
I caught that line also "equals out to" thought ah oh!! means what?
per word or per line
this can be confusing.  can anyone explain at 0.0056 paid per word on a 65 character count how it comes out to being paid more than my current job at 0.0850 per 65 character line.  She told me I would be paid per word not line.  Doesn't that come out to the same as being paid 65 character count on a line?  the job pays per header, footer, demographics at 0.0056.  I am just questioning because right now I get paid at 0.0850 but not for headers or footers. How could 0.0056 be more?  Please explain!  I hope this makes sense the way I explained this!
I don't have a second phone line ... cable modem for the internet, regular line for my C-phone.

If anyone wanst to get through to me while I'm working, they have my cell phone number.

And, as I said, some accounts are using wav files -- no doubt soon all of the accounts will convert.  Hope so ... would make it easier (less expensive) to work when traveling.  :-)

Lots of good companies out there -- hope you find one that fits :)



She means Webmedx - which pays VR at 70% of your normal line rate. nm
I don't use the Word line count, I use the
character count without spaces, and a character is a character is a character and so on and all characters are created equal. I then divide the number of characters by 65 and come up with a line count. I realize that the MTSOs don't pay for underlining, bolding, etc., and I don't believe that word counts those either.
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My line count is about 3-8 less than Word, whereas...
when I worked for OSi the line difference was 24-35. Needless to say, I am VERY happy at Transtech!
11-word line count??? Has anyone...

ever worked for a company that uses this?  I counted a few documents with this vs. a 65-character line (including spaces), and it is WAY less in total lines.  The company offering this insists it is comparable.  Has anybody else encountered this method of line counting?


Word says line count is different
from that shown on the Dictaphone website, much much much less. Look im not gonna argue my point, you try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion. It has nothing to do with the acct, it is the way the company counts lines, doesn't count headers and footers and other characters. I wonder if it even counts when you hit the space bar for a word expansion. Try it you'll see.
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WMX - line count. Was working along and noted line count accumulation (sm)

signed off the report I was typing.  Those lines didn't add immediately, but sometimes they do that.  What concerns me is that when I signed that job off and the next one came up, not only were the other lines not added in but they were LESS than they were before I signed off previous job.

I thought I noticed this happening the other day, but figured I just wasn't paying attention.  Today I definitely noticed it.  For some reason it changed it's mind and took 8 lines off my line count.  What the heck? 

Am not really ecstatic with the way things are going anyway  and then this confuses me. 

Please, someone have a realistic explanation so I don't feel paranoid and cheated here. 

Can ayone tell me how the line counter work in MS Word please. nm
Line by Line out of Texas. NM
QA pay is 0.015 per line; yes, 1-1/2 pennies per line. No thanks. nm
They pay per net line not per gross line..sm
I work on Escription and they pay net line, all characters counted on entire document and divided by 65 to get one line count. 
Bottom line: What does it pay per line?
A gross line is not based on characters. A gross line is
anything on the line constitutes a line, so if you only have 1 word on a line it is still counted as a line.   A gross line at 8 cpl roughly translates to 10 cpl/65 character. 
Then company should set line count per day with incentives for above that. If get line count done
is the VR line rate 60% of the regular typing line rate?
I agree. The line counter is a pain, but I've checked lots of reports against MS Word
Is the ASR line rate 1/2 of transcription line rate? sm
Reason I ask is that I assume if they have ASR now that eventually all will be ASR except of course for the awful dictators as this seems to be the norm.
Just curious.
LD line- sm
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