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if your platform is decent at OSI and you make line count....

Posted By: why did you look elsewhere? on 2007-11-05
In Reply to: I am stuck at OSi - Down and out at OSi


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How can anybody make a decent line count there
I couldn't
I can get a somewhat decent line count, but could
do better if my account weren't in Meditech. That slows me down so much. Work was a little slow coming in early this morning but has been steady since then. I expect it will be slow over the weekend, too.
Making a decent line count

I agree it is possible to make a decent living at Transcend.  I seem to get a ratio of 70% VR and 30% straight typing. I'm not sure how this is determined, but that is how it always turns out at the end of each pay.  Yes the key to making money on the VR is using the hot keys.  If you are motivated, goal oriented and have a good work ethic you will be fine at Transcend.  They are great with letting you flex your hours and also offer to give 1 on 1 training for VR if you ask for it.

I agree - hard to get decent line count with ExText...sm
Good to know other people are having the same issue as I thought I was just getting slower in my old age!  Seems like I can do almost twice as much with DocQScribe and escription.
Can an MT make a decent living earning 7 cents per line

Just thought I would add my 2 cents worth.  It would be great to be paid 10-11-12-13 cents per line (as an employee not IC), but that is not a reality in this job market.  Yes, MTs will take jobs that pay 7 cents per line, but that MTSO is not necessarily underpaying or demeaning the MTs that work for them. 


Bottom line is that you have to do your homework because, yes, there are people who can make a living on 7 cents a line and will take those jobs.   It really depends on your skills and how dedicated you are to making your maximum possible lines per hour.  The MTSO that is offering only 7 cents a line but has easy dictators can actually pay you more per check if you type more lines per hour than an MTSO that is offering 10 cents a line but has horrible quality, ESL dictators, nasty QA, etc and you can barely type 100 lines an hour because of it. 


MY TIP:  When you interview, ask what the approximate minimum and maximum lines per hour that the other MTs that are doing EXACTLY the same accounts that you are going to be doing are achieving per hour/day/pay period.  If the recruiter/MTSO will not tell you that information, you probably donít want to work there anyway so just terminate the interview before wasting any more of your time.  The slowest MTs are probably new and the ones achieving 200-250-300 lines per hour have been there a long time and know the account(s) forwards and backwards.  If you plan to make that MTSO a long-term employer, you will have a pretty good idea of what you can potentially achieve if you stay there long enough.  Donít let them tell you the ďaverageĒ of all the MTs that work for the company or what their perfect employee Suzie Q types.   We all know every account is different, so Suzie Q who just started last week and is already doing 150 lines per hour may have easier accounts than the one you are going to be working on, so that is not very representative of what your account(s) is really going to be like.  Ask specifically about the accounts you will be assigned to and donít let them distract you.  Again, if they donít want to tell you, terminate the interview. 


According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, in 2004 !!!, the MEDIAN hourly earnings for a Medical Transcriptionist (probably  mostly hospital and office based) in May of 2004, was $13.64 an hour. 


Just for reference, it seems like most MTSOs have a 6000 lines per week minimum production standard which is about 150 line per hour (40 hour week) on average for full-time MTs.   


        If you are being paid 7 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (150 x 0.07) = $10.50 per hour.


        If you are being paid 8 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (150 x 0.08) = $12.00 per hour. 


        If you are being paid 9 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (150 x 0.09) = $13.50 per hour. 


        If you are being paid 10 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (150 x 0.10) = $15.00 per hour. 


If you are one of the highly trained experienced MT and type 200 lines per hour on average, you are even better off. 


        If you are being paid 7 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (200 x 0.07) = $14.00 per hour.


        If you are being paid 8 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (200 x 0.08) = $16.00 per hour. 


        If you are being paid 9 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (200 x 0.09) = $18.00 per hour. 


        If you are being paid 10 cents per line, you are making a minimum of (200 x 0.10) = $20.00 per hour. 



The median hourly earnings in 2004 was $13.64 per hour.  That was almost 4 years ago.  With a minimal 2% per year cost of living/inflation increase, by 2008 the median hourly earning should be about $14.76 per hour.       


2004 --------- $13.64

2005 x 2% = $13.91

2006 x 2% = $14.19

2007 x 2% = $14.47

2008 x 2% = $14.76


So, in my humble opinion, if you are an experienced MT with 5 or more years of experience, when you call that MTSO offering 7 cents per line the accounts you will be assigned to should be easy enough so that you can make an average of 210 lines per hour within a relatively short period of time.  If they say their experienced MTs are only doing 175 to 200 lines per hour on average, that MTSO is drastically underpaying their experienced MTs and it is time for you to move on.  If they say their MTs are averaging 250 to 300 lines per hour, then that MTSO may be worth looking into further, even if their starting wage is lower than what you originally thought you should be getting paid. 


I think if WE ALL start doing this, the MTSOs will start to figure out that we are not going to work for companies that underpay our skills and experience.  If enough experienced MTs hang up on these companies, eventually they will figure out that the recruiters/supervisors need to be more honest with us regarding their pay structure and the difficulty of their accounts. 


Some food for thought !! 


More information from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook: 

Medical transcriptionists had median hourly earnings of $13.64 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.50 and $16.32. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.67, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $19.11. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical transcriptionists in May 2004 were:

General medical and surgical hospitals


Offices of physicians


Business support services




If you want more information, check out the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics web page for Medical Transcriptionist. 






Scribe platform line count

What are your line counts with the Scribe platform?  I'm only getting half of what I did with DocQscribe.

Scribe platform line count
I was told I got paid for all headers, footers and expansions, but so much has to be done manually, like open sound file, click to save, then click to close, then click to send, then click to send with note or without note, etc. With DocQscribe, so much was done automatically including downloading a file behind the one we were doing.
I could not make line count
in 4 months
I know...I can't even make my line count
each day. I just saw in the newsletter that some people are going over and that is causing this problem...but I think they have hired too many also. Such a shame!
Unfortunately I could not make line count w/o OT
They are changing line count programs, not platform.
Their platform decreases your line count tremendously!
ProScript platform - good line count?
Just wondering for those out there with ProScript, are you getting a good line count with their platform?
Is it difficult to make line count at
Are the ESLs really bad and can you make line count?
I haven't even tried to make my line count

for MONTHS.  I know the work load has been low and I have some accounts of my own that I can do, so I have done my own accounts and not even touched MDI.  Kinda hoping I won't get yelled at for not meeting my quota but I figure I'll just hang in the background and work when the work is there, and when it is light let the other MTs who don't have anything else to fall back on have it.

Now if my own accounts slow down I will be in trouble...

The only time I don't make my line count
it is my own fault for wasting time, surfing the net, etc. It's always my fault. Even when we had a dry spell with work trickling in I still hopped on when most people weren't working and I still made my required count for the pay period.
EASY to make line count!
My experience was the opposite. I routinely did 1600-2000 lines a day, WAY over minimum of about 1200 lines a day. I can't make that now in my current job, but at Spheris it was easy. It does depend on the accounts you're assigned, though, so I don't doubt that it COULD be hard to make line count at Spheris. Just depends.
Can you easily make your line count - sm
Old posts say 1600 lines per day required.  Is that possible on their accounts without going nuts?   I was sort of looking into them too, just in case.
Does Anybody make line count at SoftScript? (sm)

I see multiple negative posts, but have to believe nothing is totally bad. Please confirm there ARE people there making line count and semi-enjoying the company.

Pay is good, platform very easy. Got line count within days. (sm)
The people you work with/for are extremely helpful. There is an incentive plan which they will explain to you during interview process. No 401 match - that is a bummer. First year PTO only a few days, but picks up the next year.

Apply and have the recruiter go over it all with you. It is well worth the time.

Good luck.
it would only hurt those struggling to make their line count
It could endager their job. If they need just 45 minutes extra a day to meet their count, what does it hurt? No one said you have to work more hours. You could always opt out of working longer than 8 hours.
Is it difficult to make line count at TransHealth? nm
The platform they use is horrible and slows you down with regards to meeting daily line count. Also,
QA can be bitchy, however, if you know your stuff and nip that bitchiness in the bud early on, they don't bother you later...except for one.  She's rude and vague in her f/u comments, so there is really no way around that one except not to take it personal.
TS has very outdated platform, and it's very hard to get a good daily line count. NMout
Wanna give the rest of us instructions on how to make a line count like that, aside from doing all
Any thoughts on Interpro? Line count, spell checker, platform, management, pay rate? nm
Thanks. Can you make any decent pay with them and are the accounts decent. What is your feeling
that. Thank you.
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. 

Then company should set line count per day with incentives for above that. If get line count done
Are there companies that use a decent platform?
Currently using ExText with Transnet and it is so slow. Need to find a company with some decent software that runs faster. Im getting frustrated, and some days are worse than others. Today is a worse day.
What companies have a decent platform to work on, .

have employee status, lots of work, and minimal confusion and disorganization?   Can do the big 4 for acute care.

Was the platform decent and the dictators. Thanks much for responding. nm
maybe you'll get on a decent platform/account
You can make a decent salary but
you have to have good platform and not a lot of people training. I did 750 the first hour today, times that by 4 and see what it came up to.
Some make a decent check
so you cannot lump all together.
Any Wedmedx'ers out there. How anyone made decent money with them and how is their platform?
Thinking of applying but would like the skinny on if you can make any money with them.
Just wondering if the platform is productive and if the money made is decent.
I have worked on too many platforms where you really struggled to get a good line count and make decent money. I'm just curious how easy it is to get lines on their platform.
JLG Transcription - Can anyone tell me about them? Pay,weekends, nice staff, decent platform? You
can email me because I want the God to honest truth!  Thanks :)
I might add that I make a decent hourly rate doing
QA, but I really earned excellent money doing MT. I cannot complain about my hourly QA rate at all. I earn more than many I know working hourly.
Believe me, one can make decent money at TransTech.
There is plenty of work and I don't think the incentive plan is low at all. A good MLS should have no problem hitting the first tier and the QA incentive should be automatic. The starting line rate is also one of the best I had run across. I'm not trying to convince anyone to come to TT, its not a good fit for everyone, just wanted to share my experience. If one is getting a negative vibe about a company, I don't blame them for not wanting to give them a try.
You are being hypothetical while we are trying to find a co. where we can make a decent living,,,,nm
Are you able to make decent money? I don't mind editing either...
can you make decent money straight typing for .08 cpl?
with Expanders for low ESL docs?
Any of the former or current employees, can you make decent money there?
I have an easy account and make a decent living.

And while you are at it, TT Management,

BITE ME!!!  You were fools to file this lawsuit.  $294.50 to lose all credibility in the MT World.  Sad, truly sad...

And many thought you were one of the good guys.

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.
run as fast as you can. decent line counts are had by double dippng supervisors.
I make 4 cents a line, work part and make
over $500 a week on part.
NEVER believe the company line. Do line count for yourself.
Thanks for the info! Do you *feel* like you make more with a gross line v. character line? (nm)