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pay rate

Posted By: MDImter on 2009-09-29
In Reply to: I think you misunderstood............ sm - m

Oh Wonderful! I was told that MDI was 99.5% sure that our pay would not change...so now i wonder. Transcend pays their employees less to start to begin with so once again another company just sticking it to the MTs. All the good companies are just dwindling away.

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for MQ STAT employees tier rate applies to ME rate as well and how calcluated?
for a STAT MQ employee:  Does anyone know if the tier rate is going to be applied to the ME rate as well or are they going to go with the 80% of the MT rate for each tier level?  If the tier rate doesn't apply as well to the ME rate then going by the 80% of the MT rate is less than if the tier rate would be applied.  I'm sure that MQ is going to go by whatever keeps money in their pockets.  Guess this is a question for the supervisor tomorrow.
Their line rate was less than my current nat'l rate, even with mucho experience. nm
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VR rate is 1/2 rate of traditional typing,I believe it is 4 cents line.

I took that to mean you can get to that rate after 1600 lines and that is not the starting rate.
Webmedx ASR rate is 70% of your regular line rate. sm
So if you are on a 9 cpl account, you get 6.3 CPL plus any bonus / incentives / shift differential.
From the current editing rate not typing rate
is the VR line rate 60% of the regular typing line rate?
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.
Pay rate
Pay rate?
How many years of experience as an MT do you have? Our old contract was based on that - wondering if it is still going to be that way.


Are there any companies who are offering 10 cpl or more for new hires on employee status these days? If so, I have yet to hear about them. From everything I have seen, with experience, 7-8 cpl seems to be the norm with shift differential and production incentives on top of that, plus, of course, any benefits offered.

I have also been very happy at MedWare. I do ER work for them along with some acute care. I have no plans to change jobs anytime in the near future.

Don't be put off by what you see. If you're at all interested, contact the recruiter. He/she can give a much better picture of what is available. Most of the time, on message boards you tend to get a higher percentage of negative comments regarding companies because the people who are happy don't typically take the time to come and write praises, while the people who are not happy are quick to vent. JMO, of course.

Top QA rate!

What would be considered the top rate being offered in the industry for QA? Does anyone know of companies paying good QA rates that they can recommed?

Thank You

Seems to be the going rate these day, but isn't
a good rate. 
My rate was over $300 nm
Why is the rate so low? sm

If I have to read the entire report to verify it is correct, it takes me just as much time as if I typed the report.  My TIME is what I am compensated for.  Why don't editors make the same line rate as transcriptionists?

RE; pay rate
i'm not sure what the norm is but they claim to start out at 8.5 cpl; they claim there are 8 levels, they said they put me at level 7 - hope that helps
V/R rate
what do you make now?

You will get that rate
a Deventure
What is the going rate for...

radiology per report these days?  Been getting paid by line and now have opportunity to switch to per report so just trying to weigh the options.


rate of pay
I'm going from a national back to the hospital I left some years ago, for many reasons, one of which is they grant benefits to parttimers and I haven't had a vacation in 3 years. However, their pay rates have changed, it's paid per character (but not space), instead of by line. I wish I'd written it down. Changes in how to determine MT pay are never a good thing, so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with different methods of figuring pay. In the past,this hospital paid their MT's very generously, so I hope it can't be anything too drastic.
That is a much better rate..(sm)
I left Medquist in July and didn't have insurance coverage until I was eligible at KS in December. So I just took it and figured I would shop around for a cheaper plan at least while I was covered. I'm so glad they're getting insurance that is less expensive. Thanks! 
QA rate
There are still plenty of companies out there that pay an hourly rate but youre right, if you do it by line you would have to go pretty darn fast to make what you normally make and quality would suffer. I think companies that are doing this as a consequence of people not doing what they are supposed to be doing in the first place. I have seen a lot of abuse of this position.
ASR pay rate

What companies are currently transitioning to ASR and, if so, what line rate are they paying for this? 

Is it better to charge a client by line, by page, by word, or by character and if so what do you charge?
The going rate where?
I will be paying $70 and some change a week for me and my two children at DeVenture. It's only $20 a week for me.
Pay rate
About 8-9 cpl depending on experience, plus incentives as posted below.
low rate of pay - sm
my friend currently works for them doing rad and she constantly runs out of work and gets 1.15 per report - she thinks the rate should be higher per report
Don't know if there is a set rate...
but it probably depends on your experience and background. Also, someone I know who worked on their speech recognition platform said it was really difficult to work with...nowhere near as good as Escription!
rate for rad
I was getting 16.00 per hour w/8 years experience.
What is FN's rate for SR? nm
How is the pay rate there?
Generally what is the pay rate per line at Keystrokes? Any bonuses, etc.?
That's right , it was the going rate
for the time - which if you note was 27 YEARS AGO!

How can people be manipulated to think a wage that was GOOD 27 years ago is ACCEPTABLE TODAY?

Yes, you can *survive* on $35,000 but why should you have to? Why would anyone be WILLing to slave over this work for 27-YEAR-OLD wages?

Yes and Yes, but I don't know the rate.
Someone told me that you have to be at 1800+ lines a day, plus need to have worked there for a while, plus be very versatile as the other poster said, to get 11 cpl. Just as in any job, you should try to ask for a raise instead of waiting to be offered one and list out the reasons you think you deserve one.
I asked about this and was told it is not true. They do not offer 11cpl if you do 1800+ lpd.
anyone know pay rate at MD-IT?
Any other info on 'em would be helpful.  Thx
Pay Rate
Hi, I have found that even at 0.0725 to 0.075 cents per 60-character line to not be enough because you actually spend more time trying to make that hourly wage you may have made in-house (not sure what that was) but if it was below $10.00 an hour, you may be okay with .07 a line per 60-character line, not 65-character line. If you are working for 0.05 per 65-character line, you are working way below your worth, unless you are really a beginner and your accuracy and speed are not up to par. If you are a beginner, then I'd say you are lucky. Anyway, if you are experienced, don't sell yourself short...keep looking for a pay rate that will not make you have to sit at the computer for hours and hours just to get minimum wage pay. Just my opinion. I am very happy with my company, however, and it does matter if the people you work with are good to you...money is not everything either. Good luck!
Anyone know about DTS, their pay rate, and

or line count??

How do you know what the cpl rate is?
I didn't see that on the job post.

Cpl Rate

I am employee status for my company.  I started 2 years ago at 0.095.  I have received 2 raises in the last 2 years.  I have great benefits, too.  I do acute care and ER.

If I was working IC, I would not take less than 10 to 11 cpl.  Also, our editors make $15 to $18 an hour.

There are good companies out there and I feel we should not accept anything less than what we deserve.

Did she tell you the pay rate yet?
I have 15 years of exp and she offered me 6 cpl. EEK!
That rate is too low to even consider
Pretty soon the MTs are going to have to pay their jobs just to work. VR work is low-paying but gosh, this is probably the lowest I have seen.
VR rate at TT
Could anyone tell me what TT pays for Escription?  Would appreciate it. 
pay rate

What is your opinions on 2.5 cpl for editing on Editscript?  I think it is a little low.  I have a year exp. as a Transcriptionist but none using Editscript.  This is what I was offered.  I took the job but haven't started yet.  I have a job already but it is only part time and I need an additional part time for more money and this is the only company who would hire me with only a year exp.  I have tried for months.  Company said they would give raise in 6 months if work is satisfactory.  I just think that is kind of a unfair wage but what to do, I need the job. 

pay rate
A little low?  This is ridiculous and exactly why our profession is going down the toilet.  Keep looking.
rate cut
My company recently had to do this on one of my accounts.  The client switched to ChartScript and re-negotiated the pay for lines to now include spaces.  My agreement with my company was for xx per line without spaces.  Since the client's needs changed, my company needed to adjust my pay accordingly.  The increase in line count because it now includes spaces is equal to the decrease in amount per line.  It's almost coming out even.  My company is a good company and I've worked for them over 3 years.  They are just trying to survive in this crazy business, too!
4 cpl
That is the going rate, but keep
You have to prove yourself to these companies.  Once you are in the door and do well, they offer incentives or they give you a raise.  I started a company at 7.5 (with 20 years' experience), but I wanted in the door, and I've gotten raises. 

I don't understand why pay rates and charge per line can't go up the same way everything else does.  Doctor's fees go up each year.  We're trying to pay the same bills, etc. with the same amount of money.  You can only type so much.

pay rate
I wouldn't list their pay rate here if MDI didn't list it themselves on their own website, so I see nothing wrong with listing it here. It is 9-11 cpl.
ASR rate

I have never been informed we have a choice.  Also, if we do not do ASR, is it not likely that we will get the transcription that is the most difficult and cannot be recognized by ASR (which is what I am seeing now)?  That too would slow one down.  By the way, 30% drop is correct.

Pay rate!


Anywhere between four digits to six digits per month. Depending on your skill, dedication, willingness to work etc., your earning too differs as in any field.

In the US, as an employee in an office or hospital, transcriptionists may be paid by hour. A starting Transcriptionist in an office may make around $8-12 per hour. After two years of experience, one can expect to make around $12-20 per hour in an office. Self-employed transcriptionists may start up around $10-15 per hour (7-14c per line), and within several years can expect to earn $15-40 per hour, depending upon the type of work and equipment used.


Equate these numbers and arrive into a conclusion. Depending on the contract procured or the office one is working with, depending on the typing speed, depending on the clarity of dictation, the amount an MT can earn is a variable as mentioned in the first para.