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Pay is based on 65 characters and includes

Posted By: Proceed with caution on 2005-11-19
In Reply to: To any current Precyse MTs (sm) - I'd like your input

spaces.  Line rate is based on experience, if you have CMT, and shift.  There may be some other things too.  I don't know 100%, but I'm pretty sure they offshore.   Get conflicting stories about accounts depending on who you talk to.  I think pay is average, PTO is accrued based on lines and is available immediately.  You can take in $$ or time off I believe.  Not sure of other benefits because I had already decided after talking to them that I wasn't going to take a position with them, so didn't pay attention to benefits. 

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To the IC's is 10 cpl based on 65 characters a good
rate for an IC, even with having to pay your own taxes, social security, vacation, sick time and all.   How does this all pan out in the long run.  I'm a single parent and tired of all the crap I've taken the past 28 years as an employee - but too afraid to step out and work as an IC for fear of not being able to meet ends, covering for my own insurance and all.  Any and all feedback would be appreciated.
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. 
This includes anyone in a desperate, disabling situation, such as a widow returning to the job market, living in a rural area where there is great DSL service, but not too many local jobs around..  So DISABILITY is probably the key word here.  Also, while there may be PARTS of the job that are exploitative, not all parts ARE, and no one has been forced to accept any home MT position.  It is all choice.  We may choose to allow others to treat us badly because there are some positive aspects to the job.  To some degree, every time you work for someone else, you are being exploited.
I'm not sure if their insurance includes
preexisting or not but it is United Healthcare if that helps at all. Work load was slow over the holidays but right now work it is out of control. We've been on OT since last week due to every account just exploding with work. This work is on the Merit accounts, not sure of EXtext. PTO is pretty good. All the major holidays, plus a floating holiday which you can use for your birthday, and sick days accumulate with hours worked. Been a while since I asked how they figured sick day hours but for every so many hours worked, you get 1 hour of sick day. Hope this helps.
Webmedx is abt the same - PTO includes sm
sick days or vacation time; holidays are separate.
The very short list I have so far includes...sm...

Lee Perfect - but you need to know Emdat software. Lextel - in California. They were paying 7.5 for MT and 4.5 for QA positions. Mediscript Transcription - need your own LD and C-phone. QT - don't think they're hiring, though. Last ad was from 2005. Old posts say trouble making lines there. West Tran Group - you need Word 2003 and they use IntraScript software. ....This is all the info I have. I have no contact info and no emails or website info. This is just a list I've compiled as I've come across them on a search. NM

I did 42 last year but that includes incentive pay.

Acute care includes OPs.
I don't work there but info that I have received includes ... SM

I don't know if they have clinic work.  However, if you are an experienced MT, I would think that they would hire you even if you don't do ops.  They use Doc-Q-Scribe (sp?) for at least one of their big hospital accounts out of Atlanta.  They offer benefits, but I have heard that the health insurance is very expensive.  I would imagine that they are hiring. 

I used to work for the owner years ago when she had another service, and she had the same right-hand man (er, lady LOL) as she does now.  They were always very good to me, and I really wish I still worked for her though I have a good job now somewhere else. 

Good luck, and I hope this helps somewhat. Post back and let us know how it goes. 

My schedule includes a weekend day by choice. I'm

not 100% sure, but I think you had a choice of Sun-Th or Tu-Sat schedule.   We haven't run out of work, but things are staying very caught up, so I would say they aren't hiring.  I do know a new account is coming, but don't know time frame for that.  You can apply through their website and you should get a response within a couple of days at most if they are hiring. 

She includes ER in acute care, so I guess that would make it Basic Five :) nm
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He is going to pay 8.5 for 70 characters

which is more than 9 for 65.  There is definitely something wrong with his math.  If he paid 9 for 70 then it might be the same as 8.5 for 65.  


65 characters
I've ALWAYS been told it means characters AND spaces.
and which characters... sm
print in white exactly, I wonder?

Lines are 65 characters.....
Not based on the actual line you see on the page.
black characters?
Sounds like no spaces counted to me.
I love those little characters! sm
Where does everybody get those? I have to have them! I love the pot disturber! Too cute! LOL!
I have got to get with the times! (Yeah, it was a good laugh, huh?)
55 characters with no spaces
Using the Apex platform, I found this calculation to be a major rip off.  Not sure why.
Maybe it's not 65 characters per line???

1600 lines is a lot.  It doesn't mention vacation time though does it?

55 is better--less characters for a line,
therefore more lines UNLESS it is black character only--i.e. not counting spaces. Some companies do it this way instead of paying for 65 character line (spaces included).
Black and white characters

I worked for a company that used the DQS software and I never could get my line counts, even though I typed like a fiend! In an 8-hour shift, I could get maybe 800 to 900 lines with that program. The way my company said, is Black and White characters, which means no spaces.  I didn't get any credit for the ADT screens either.

Hope this helps.

line count/65 characters
Is it possible to change the number of characters that are a considered a line, i.e.
Could you redefine the line as being 50 characters. Or is this just stuck into the program at 65/line. You may E-mail if you like CTighe3568@aol.com. Your help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
black characters=without spaces.
And my lines were often over 80 characters long. NM
Visible black characters help!?!?!?
So I'm trying and cannot figure out for the life of me how to compute what a proper rate would be once the switch goes over to visible black characters. I want to get this figured out, so that when the call or email comes about my adjusted line rate, I can either accept it or not.

Does anyone know, at a line rate of 8 cpl right now, what an equal VBC line rate would be? Is there any way to figure this out?

And does this mean we can stop the double spacing? I mean, if it won't affect the company's pay (because apparently they only bill on visible black characters), it's more in keeping with the new standard of only one space after periods and whatnot.
sounds like "black characters" only

which is no spaces.  I wouldn't automatically rule it out.  I know you probably already know this, but if you have an account at 8 cpl and the work is pretty easy and the platform is good that is MUCH better than the hideous ESLs/static/cumbersome formatting/slow platform of an 11 cpl account, right?  Maybe you should ask more info or give it a try & maybe it might be worth your while?

That being said, 3 cpl VR will NEVER be worth my while, unless it requires almost NO CORRECTIONS - still, I'd rather transcribe...

$1.35 per 1000 characters. hiring process is too sm
daggone long.  they SNAIL MAIL you a tape to transcribe for testing.  DUH!!!!!
Transcribing = 9 cpl 65 characters including spaces.
Good company, great people. Give them a try.
75 characters per line?? Today I called about a job
and the pay started at 7.5 cents a line ----- but 75 characters per line.  Has anybody heard of that before?  The job is acute care with high amount of ESLs.  What will they think of next? 
Depends. How many characters make up a line?
It could mean that a gross line will not exceed 65 characters. nm
by my calculations, 10/78 character is equal to 8.33/65 characters - nm
usually 55 does not count spaces and that's a lot of unpaid characters. NM
Not paying for spaces can be okay if the characters per line is shorter.
55 characters without spaces is roughly equivalent to 65 with spaces.
About 5 years ago was offered 10 cpl including spaces, 65 characters. sm
Don't know about now. That was doing all acute care, mainly op reports with full benefit package.

I declined and have my own accounts, but it was a good offer.

Good luck.
I pulled a report I did today. I get paid 65 characters.

At 65 characters it was 110 lines and at 55 it was 130.   If the 65 is employee status and there are other benefits that would be the one I would choose.  If you don't have benefits it would probably be 6 of one and half-dozen of the other.  

Sorry couldn't be more helpful.  Having to make a decision too.  One job pays more per line but no benefits, no bonuses.  The other job pays a little bit less but has incentives and good benefits.   Sounds like a no brainer but it is still hard to decide. 

I would look at how productive you could be.  I know you probably don't have any idea if you aren't familiar with the account.  I'd also look at the stability of the company.  There are no guarantees, but if there is a mom and pop company, versus a 300+ MT company, that may play a factor.  Check the boards on both companies (I'm assuming it is 2 different companies but maybe it is just pay scale difference) and see what others have said about them.  Tons of ESLs, hard to make lines, very inflexible with schedule, etc.  

You can take job #1, but there is no law that says you are there for the next 2 years and maybe job #2 will still be willing to hire you.  


To my own knowledge, it is less, B&W character is just the actual printed out characters..sm
that appear on the page, NO SPACES, etc, so it could really add up, I have never taken a jot with those specs, perhaps someone out there doing this could say how they made out? But I have talked to recruiters about some of these jobs and it does seem to lower the line count.
80,000 characters a day is equal to half a ton of weight on finger muscles. . .
So, why no spaces paid? The left thumb takes a major beating, and your spine, eyes, hearing, circulation.  We were not even made to type all day!
Cquence pay is 65-character with NO spaces, only black characters which equates to
approximately 1.5 to 2 cents per line less than 65-character with spaces.
Can we recommend companies that count all the characters and don't have you omiting periods, etc.
Pick a relatively short report and do a manual count of characters

including spaces if your company counts them.  Then divide the total by 65 or whatever your lines are defined as. If there is a discrepancy between your manual count and their systematic count, you have a problem. 

I did this recenty on ExText and find I am getting shorted about 1-2 lines per report. 

It means characters that are printed in black and white - no spaces included. nm
Used to use this in a hospital setting, admin could change the number of characters per line (sm)
at one point they had us typing an 80 character line. Talk about zapping your line rates down. Of course we worked for an hourly rate so it really didn't matter, just management's way of pushing us to do more. They only required 800 lines per day for a FT MT so they were trying to get their moneys worth I guess.
Keystrokes accounts all count the expanders as characters printed with spaces, not the abbreviation.
I have checked it, but we use Shorthand. What are you using?
That is what I just said. !0 days PTO, period. That includes vacation, sick days and personal days
They should have paid holidays so that you are paid if you take off. Also should inculde extra hours for sick days and personal days.

That annual raise of .002 is kind of a joke especially when at the same time they upped the minimum line requirement from 10,000 lines to 12,000 lines.

OSi just does not have the qualified people in management positions that I wish to work for.

I am glad that you are happy at OSi and all is working out for you. Their dishonesty and the way they treat people just does not work for me.

Of course they can get by cheaply by hiring unqualified people so that is very good for the owners.
I would think that black and WHITE means they pay for both black characters and spaces.
There is no such thing as a white character. But I would definitely clarify this in your interview.
Are they USA based
do they have a lot of ESLs? Is the pay fair? TIA.
Based on -
When you work in a production environment, you are paid for production. You are expected to meet certain quality requirements. So why should you be paid more just because you have a certain number of years in? There are some very BAD MTs with many years experience, and some very good ones with just a few. If you are good, quick, and accurate, you will make more. What's so unfair about that?
Is that based on
gross $$ or net $$? That is an unusual way of determining FT/PT status.
only want internet based too. nm