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10 cents a line, 350 lph sounds pretty good to me!

Posted By: and also sounds like good company on 2006-02-06
In Reply to: I have been an MT for 20 years and have a job..sm - Is the grass any greener?

I've got 30 years experience and I've not found to setup you have..Be very careful about changing. I've been looking for over a year and not found anything close to what you say you have. I've also worked for a company for over a year now and still get doctors whom I have never transcribed before.. almost on a nightly basis!

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Webmedx 10 cents a line sounds good!
Do they have lots of work and not run out a lot?  Can you have a more "flexible" schedule as an IC?  Last but not least - the tax issue:  Is it difficult doing your own taxes when an IC?  Thanks for any help you can give.
The line rate sounds pretty good compared to other places - by "punch the clock", you mean
it really is not a flexible schedule, even for an IC? That's what I need the most.
onesuite.com was recommended to me. Have not checked into yet but 2.5 cents sounds good.
Is 9.5 cents per line a good rate using Meditech?
This is for a radiology account.  TIA
Starting pay is 6 cents a line, fairly good account stability.
I had lots of ESLs. Benefits are okay. They have a new, stricter QA policy in place with new compensation, hard to get a 98 or above as it is by the BOS. It was okay, but couldn't make any decent money. Need to be a super high producer.
Check the MT jobs available. Nowadays 8 or 9 cents a line is considered good for experienced MTs.
$.06 gross line / .70 = approximately $.0857 cents per 65 character line.

A gross line is anything on a line versus 65 gross characters per net line the other way.  You make more money working for the gross line than for the 65 gross character line, as long as the line rate's OK.

New England, 16.50/hr, 8 cents a line after minimum line count..
full benefits available with general contribution by the hospital before you start paying for them, retirement, 403b, all benefits, and working at home as an employee, BUT, you have to live local to the hospital.
I think I'm pretty bright and pretty good, too, but
I am not a CMT. I am a medical transcriptionist who enjoys her job very much (most days). I have chosen not to pursue certification simply because I cannot afford to do so. I believe the certification is a nice thing to have, but I don't believe it is necessary for employment or for excellence in my job. If you can afford it, go for it. If you can't, don't feel too bad. You can still take pride in and do a very good job without it.
Sounds pretty sad.
I think the little girl needs a lot of prayer.
LOL. Although, your job sounds pretty
interesting on coming across Hollywood celebs. Who do you work for?
8 cents a line. Should be 10 cents for over 10 yrs exp but
I would go with the line rate. At less than 9.5 cents per line sm
I make $30 an hour.  I would never transcribe for $15 an hour, for anyone.
Sounds pretty close to
thinly veiled age discrimination to me!
the game sounds pretty disgusting...

For your own client, that sounds pretty average.

Based on what I know some outsourcing companies charge, you are definitely in the ball park. Sounds to me the area might be underpaying, which in the long run, hurts all of us.

If they only pay an outsourcing company say .13 cpl, will that same company turn around and pay a transcriptionist .08 to .09 ?  Don't know.

It all sounds pretty okay, as long as you're not - sm
being paid by the line, but by the hour. (I assume you're currently paid per hour as an inhouse employee, right?) If you can still make your previous inhouse salary, rather than the paltry cents-per-line most at-homes make, you should be sitting pretty.

Double check and be sure the inhouse people have to maintain the same line count as you! There is no reason why at-homes should be 'penalized' with higher line counts than in-house people, especially if you're doing the same work, using the same equipment, etc.

If you're paid per-line, and it's not as much as you'd be making per-hour inhouse, what could happen is that you'll find yourself working longer hours for less money, which isn't fair. It's hard to maintain quality work when you're depressed about what you're making, or about never being able to leave the house!

Depending on your hospital's software, they may be able to clock you in and out. I worked at a place where they could see the time you started a report, and the time you sent it, but that wasn't always accurate if you were halfway through a report and then got up to use the restroom, and then had to wait in line for a stall, etc.

Even if you can't get worker's comp for getting hurt at home (though if you got something like carpal tunnel, you might be able to dispute that!), you would probably still be able to get Disability.

For the most part, it sounds like a deal that would work. You're better off being at at-home employee of an inhouse MT department than you are working for a large national. You probably already have better benefits, too.

And, at some point in the future, if you decide working at home isn't for you, you probably would have the option of going back inhouse without much change in anything, but if you left and worked elsewhere, it would not only be harder to come back if you wanted to, but they'd probably add insult to it all by offering you a lower 'starting' wage.

Good luck, and let us know how it all works out!
I read your post below and not that anyone cares about my two cents, but it sounds to me SM

that your DH  is having an allergic reaction to something, especially from the red blotches and swollen lip you described.  Sounds like hives to me.  My son has had several episodes like that and a trip to the ER is always necessary.  Especially with the swollen lip whose to say his throat won't close up?  People die from anaphylaxis.  I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but I'm pretty familiar with anaphylaxis and allergic reactions.  My son, a teenager now, carries an Epipen with him at all times.

Good Luck!

Well that sounds pretty bizzare and stupid. Is mgmt trying to get everyone to quit?-sm
A sure-fire way to get everyone to quit is to totally disrupt things. Maybe they plan to outsource but don't want to tell anyone. If they can get everyone to quit on their own, no unemployment to pay. It certainly sounds very counter-productive, and undoubtedly will make those with families very unhappy. They should fire the person who came up with this hairbrained idea!
And it's not just 0.06 cents a line.
By the way, OT when it's offered and working on holidays when you can amounts to really big money.
They pay 7 cents a line...
The people are excellent to work for. The accounts are huge and abundant. I love working for them.

The pay is every two weeks and on time. There have been pay issues in the past, but that is now in the past. The 4 cents per line mentioned in another post is not accurate on any count. The apprentice program paid 2 cents per line for work below 98% and 3 cents per line for work above 98%. I was on this program for about a month part time. I was then given an increase to 7 cents per line. The company has said they will make their pay very competitive in the future. They keep all employees informed of what's going on with the company, and they haven't lied to us yet.

Now you have the truth.
6 or 8 cents a line
Are you making 6 or 8 cents a line. If it's 8 cents a line, that's not bad wages at ALL, trust me. I am also the one that sent you an email about the name of the company you work for. Why aren't you happy with the service? Maybe I can help you on that issue.
6 cents per line
What about transcribing/editing where a lot of the typing is already done...is 6 cents still too low?
You only pay 8 cents a line?
8 cents a line for Rad-Please!!!
I cannot believe that Jester's Touch is paying 8 cents/line for Radiology.  Check the Job Seeker's board.  I would like to see a clinic Transcriptionist type radiology reports.  What a blow to Radiology transcriptionists!!! The wordage for typing Radiology is a lot different than clinic dictation and even clinic notes at 8 cents does not make if for me.  Where in the heck do they come up with that kind of a figure.  Blows me away.
Well what are you going to eat on 0 cents per line

I still say some cents per line is better than no cents per line. You know yourself how hard it is to break into this field. If, after posting on all the sites and getting no response because you do not have the magic two years experience, I would work on getting the two years experience, even if it was at 3 cpl. Better than staying at home every day and keep on posting resumes...

**insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results **

12 cents/line
for the clinic that I do in Colorado. I think that is the going rate now for office type of work. You should feel blessed you are getting 12 cents as there are lot of MTs out there with lots of experience working for 8.5 to 9 cents/line for companies. I think it is a fair rate. JMHO
12 cents a line
12 cents a line!! Oh my god - I have worked in this field for 25 years and have NEVER been paid that much.  You're lucky, but then again, I can empathize with how you must feel about not getting a raise in 5 years.  Everything you spend your money on has gone up, hasn't it?  I was refused a raise from Medquist several times. Never got it over 6 years, and  finally quit.
12 cents/line
Is what I get for my office work!!!! If you're getting up to 20 cents/line, I'd like to know where you are so I can get a piece of that pie! I haven't been paid 20 cents/line since the 80s!
16 cents a line
I agree, it sounds more than fair to me I used to do what you do only I delivered every other day and got paid 10.5 cents. Of course I dropped the account after three years of torture.
I would think 12 cents per line

That is the median rate.  This would probably also make it worth your while.

5 cents a line
The problem is as a newbie making 5 cents a line is not even going to be minimum wage.  When you take that job, you may think that it is better than nothing but this is lowering industry wages as a whole.  I started transcribing 7-1/2 years ago.  At that time, I made a little over 7 cents a line.  Now I am IC making a bit more but when taxes are taken out, it is probably close to the same.  Yes, I produce more in less time now so my paycheck is bigger, but I hate the thought of looking for a job when I see that people with 10 and 15 years experience being offered 5 cents a line, and those employers are finding people to take those jobs. 
6 cents a line?!
I have been looking for a part-time job.  I have 10 years of experience.  after submitting my resume and testing, the lady offered me 6 cents a line! She also informed me that she tries to pay her MTs close to the beginning of the month, but she has to wait until she gets paid by the client...............
6 cents a line?!
I didn't accept the position.  I was just amazed that she only offered me 6 cents a line for my experience!
9 cents per line - NOT
The 65 characters include the spaces... it is what it is... 65 keystrokes. She is lying to you.
It is 3 cents a line, whether you do
fix errors on a particular line or if the line is there already and needs nothing fixed. At least, that is how ours works and if yours did not would not make much sense to even work there. Having said that, I am paid 4 cent a line and with my straight thrown in some I get around $20.00 an hour for my work.
Is that 0.65 cpl really 65 cents per line? ..nm
12 cents per line here...
I am fortunate then because I get 12 cents per line! I worked for 8 cents a line 9 years ago.
Especially for Iowa, that is pretty good. UI can get good over time, but that's because of the u

How much is 6 cents per gross line? nm
This is all of MQ and that amounts to about 2 cents less per line for ASR.
they offered me 1.5 cents per line
thanks but no thanks.
13 cents per line / TASP --nm
Webmedx 10 cents a line for IC.
Anyone making 9 cents a line or more at MDI-FL?

Anybody who works there - have any inside info?  Thanks!

sorry...$28 per hour at 8 cents per line
I've seen anywhere from 2 cents/line up to
I was paid from 4 to 6 cents/line

I definitely wouldn't take less than 6 cents a line, and even that is pushing it to really make any money. Most of the reports I got for one company had to be pretty much re-typed, so it was kind of like getting paid only 6 cents to trascribe, which is horrible! However, a few of the docs reports were pretty good and one was even at 90% recognition, where I pretty much just had to fix the formatting. It may be better for radiology, as I didn't do any of those.

To make a long story short, I hated VR editing and didn't make any money at it, even at 6 cents/line.

OMG 12 cents gross line.. do they need help?
that would absolutely smoke a 65-character line count by probably 30% depending on what you were typing ... oooh numbering meds, PMH and PSH.

Sweet. Where do I sign up?
14 cents gross line, no less! nm
I make 8.5 cents per line sm
The incentive is 2 cents per line for anything over 300 lines per hour.  That equates to 10.5 cents per line, because I consistently do over 300 lph.  That equals minimum of  $31.50 per hour.  I would never work by the hour.