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About how many lines are expected to be typed each day, minimum, on average? NM

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Most of the ads tell you this, but minimum is usually 150 lines per hour. nm
Their pay is way low and you work like a dog to make minimum lines.
my company 127 lines/hour is minimum
I typed 600 lines more this week than I usually do
(working extra hours) and my pay for the week is still 50 dollars short because of the VR pay. I don't know if we should say something to our companies about this or what or if it would even help but it really ticks me off!
the least minimum requined lines/hour I found for a company
Standard minimum production standards is usually 150 lines per hour ...

You can compute from that.

Hope this helps.

Lines typed an hour or a week?

I know this has been talked about a lot, but I was offered a chance to test for an IC job, and I'm required to type between 2,500-5,000 lines per week.  Since I'm an employee and haven't been paid by the line for about five years, approximately how many hours does it usually take for some of you to type 2,500 lines per week?   


How do minutes dictated equate to lines typed?
In other words, if I commit to type 30 minutes of dictation, how many lines would that equate to (for 150 lines per hour for example)??  Or put another way - how long would an average Transcriptionist take to type 30 minutes of dictation (from an "average" dicatator)??
What is the minimum lines per week required by employers for part-time for transcription?
Here is the best way...open any document you have typed for anything and count the lines both ways.

I have pretty much always been paid by the gross line...occasionally I will take a job with a company that pays by characters and I never make as money.  Remember...with gross lines, a line is a line is a line....that means anything on the lines be it one character or 65 is a line.  For instance....today I type a normal file for a client I have worked on for years...if I counted the lines at 65-cpl I got 398 lines, but counting gross lines I got 641 lines.  This is a 38% difference in pay between the two, so you would be making approximately 5 cents a line less on the character count.  Hope this helps :)

I don't - try to average 500 lines a day - I'd have too much - sm
going on to try to do more -- though some days I do about 800 between my 2 jobs, varies from week to week.
Average lines/day
How many lines do you average a day or how many lines do you need to type in a day? Just curious to see what everyone types. Thanks. Happy typing!!
Average lines

Where do all you guys work ? I am looking for a good company.

that is an average of 9 lines a report, were
they that short? I'd be moving on too!
The average lines per day at most companies (SM)
is 1200 lines (or 150 lines per hour). So, I respectfully disagree with the poster below.

I think about 75 lines per hour would be more realistic for an MT student. Don't forget, they need to look up a lot of words and their ears are not trained yet.

Good luck to you and your students.

I average 300 lines per hour
for acute care, mostly OP notes, 65/char line, which would be 19,500 characters per hour.      
For my work, it seems to average out to about 10-11 lines per
I can very safely do 20 minutes of dictation in an hour, sometimes 25-30 minutes of dictation in an hour.

There are times it is slower but not often.

Now many lines are there in an average page?


I average only 1100 lines per day (sm)

Does anyone know some ways I can increase my productivity.  I have many expansions...maybe not enough.  I do a variety of clinics, so there are not many norms or standards (which would help).


Thanks for any info.  Have a great day!

If gross lines average is 1500 nm
What is the average lines per hour for radiology?
A lot of companies are now paying per line now rather than by report or per page.  I just wondered if it differed from other transcription as I do both but do not have a line counter for radiology in the system I type into.
I average 600 lines an hour on ES - editing, sm
transcribing 400 lph.

I have been working this platform for about 3 years now.

Using the shortcut keys and not the mouse helps tremendously in an awesome line count average.

Hope this information helps.
I average 1800 lines per 8 hour day, but have
been doing this 20+ years and have zillions of expanders. I still do lots of research and add expansion asll the time.
Average about 2300 lines in 6 hours but
this is a mixed bag of editing and straight typing. The split is usually about 75% editing and 25% typing, If that helps any.
What is an average amount of lines to edit per day?
I am new to editing. I have done straight typing for 2 years in general surgery clinic work. I was canned and put on overflow work because my computer messed up twice in one month. It put them in a bind, which I really had no control over, and they took me off the account as lead MT and put me on overflow only. Well anyway, I got another job doing editing on the Editscript platform. It is acute care. I am not used to acute care that much. I only did it for a few months before. I am not used to editing either so I was wondering if someone could tell me what is an average amount of lines to expect once I get used to it? I have heard nobody gets double the line count editing. So is it one and a half times the line count or what? What is your experience with lines editing versus typing straight?
Calling all ICs. Just curious. How many lines and reports do you average per day at

whatever company you are working at currently? I'm wondering because it seems like I work A LOT (I should actually start counting hours, but I don't) and at the end of the evening my line count is so low and it will say 8 or 9 reports, even though it feels like I have done about 20 or so (this is DQS, but you can answer with whatever co. you work for).


Thanks so  much!

Psychiatric transcription - average # of lines/page
I had an interview with a local MT firm that specializes in psychiatric transcription. The pay rate is .05/line for the initial training period (no timeframe given - training ends when owner feels employee is ready to work independently at home - could be 3 months) & .06/line after that. The owner mentioned that reports sometimes average 10-15 pages, but didn't mention how many lines the average page includes.

I'm trying to figure out what my pay would be. During the training period, the owner wants employees to train out of her house (20 miles from where I live/one way). With the price of gas, I'm trying to figure out if this is a good move financially. The psychiatric transcription definitely interests me, but I'm trying to figure out what my pay would be like. I'm guessing that while I'm in training, I won't receive large reports. The employer is supposed to make her decision within the week, so it's not like I've been offered the job. I just want to educate myself as to:

How many lines the average page of psychiatric transcription might have.
Does 10-15 pages sound right for the average psych report?
Does .05/line during training & .06/line after training sound fair. The owner doesn't give out pay raises or paid time off (I would be an employee, not an IC).
Does it sound reasonable to be in training for 3 months & then be able to work from home after that?

Can anyone help me or direct me to where I might be able to figure this out. I'm currently going thru MT training, so I don't currently have MT work experience. I do have 11 years administrative work experience & 7 years technical writing work experience, so I'm pretty proficient on the keyboard.

Thanks for your assistance.
On average 1000 minutes equals how many lines?
Our department does 1200+ reports a day. They average 11 lines. nm
This is for 2-3 line normal chests to MRIs. They look longer, but if you take 65 characters with spaces, you will be surpised. Here's an example:


INDICATION: Chest pain.

FINDINGS: Heart size within normal limits. Lungs are clear.

IMPRESSION: Normal chest.

This is 116 characters with spaces, which is 3 lines (if you round up - actually 2.55 lines). If by the line, you would make $0.30.

Something to think about.

Do the same with an MRI of the knee. Copy and paste it into word and count it. A very long one I had was only 15 lines.
Line rate isn't the only factor -- your lines/hour average is key, too.
Even at 7 cpl, keeping about 275 lines/hour average keeps you at $19.25 an hour and that is $40,000 a year.

It is a myriad of factors involved. You have to have the knowledge, be decisive, self-sufficient and very focused. Then, you need to negotiate as high a base rate as you can and look toward the incentive plan to increase your paycheck.

With our incentive, it was not worth it if I couldn't hit high lines in a day. So, I changed my schedule to hit those lines.

I am tired after my work days but having the 4 days a week off and a good income makes it worth it for me. It allows me to spend my days off doing things I want to.

Depends on the pay and account. My lowest average is $15.52 an hour (roughly 182.6 lines an hour) w
What average line count do you type per pay period. what is considered above average and how long

how long, on average, average a knee replacement would one be on Oxycontin?(sm)
My DH recently had knee replacement surgery a month and a half ago.  The doctor has been prescribing oxycontin 30 mg this entire time.  Husband has been trying to wean off of it and is down to 10 mg.  He asked the doctor if he could come off it completely and the doc said to "just keep taking it."  His next visit is in two months.  With all the discussion lately about pain medication addiction, is it normal to be on this medication for this long and for the doctor to say "just keep taking it?"  How long should one be on this med?
Think it should be expected

I was a cryptologic linguist when I was in the Air Force. My job involved wearing headphones all day long. They tested our hearing before we started the career field and every year after because the wanted to monitor how much hearing we lost above and beyond the normal age-related stuff. Had an interesting talk with the audiologist about this. Wonder how many former MTs are getting disability for hearing loss?

But isn't that to be expected anyway?

summer because all we use gas for is to heat hot water and to cook on the stovetop.  As soon as we turn on the furnace, of course it is going to increase a lot, even in normal years when the price of gas is not as high.

Same with electricity.  It's a stable amount most of the time but once we turn on the air conditioner, it jumps dramatically.

Yep, we would be expected to
learn their language if we were doctors practicing over there. They should do the same here. Truth and racism are two different things :)
It is pretty much expected that you will do all that comes to you -
It is often the nature of the beast when you are in a pool. I had thousands of docs at the last place I worked, 4 hospitals all with very different account specifics, and did every work type under the sun for acute care. I found myself scrambling every day to get my lines in and frustrated beyond belief many days. After 2 years of that (and a few other issues with the company) I decided to move on.
What was the expected pay rate?
Actually, I never expected an answer--

I was sending him my opinion, expressing my anger concerning the jobs leaving in droves to India and other countries. 

I can't imagine the number of letters he receives in one hour let alone one day.  So, I realize I would never be answered. 

I just was stating my frustration and anger with a situation. 

As I said in my other post, I did call and I talked to one of the phone bank people or whoever answers the phones at the White House.  She was very nice and talked with me a while.  She told me he does get briefed on his mail and phone calls, he wants the good and the bad, he wants to hear how things are directly affecting us individually.  So I let him have it.  I just wanted to add my name to the list of people calling concerning offshoring. She told me many people from IBM who were just laid-off were calling in droves about the offshoring.  So, maybe many voices might at least make some kind of noise. Even if he doesn't listen or doesn't care, it felt good to get the frustration out, knowing I was talking to the actual White House.

My son keeps watching out the window now for the FBI to take me away because I always call and write to Washington. 

The handling of Katrina was a shameful disaster -- my heart goes out to anyone who went through that, and is still suffering because of it.  There was no excuse for that as far as I was concerned. 

I did send many emails and called about that, too,  Again, just wanted to voice my opinion. 

Wondering if VR not working as expected?

Our company has told us the company we use for VR wants to help us to edit faster, supposedly helping us to use the keys instead of the mouth. Now this seems sorta odd to me. I am wondering if the VR is not as satisfactory as was thought and perhaps the MTs are not really able to get reports out as fast as was thought and not eliminating the need for the MTs? Any thoughts on this?

We were $2.42 on Monday - shot up to $2.99 today and expected....sm
to go well over $3/gallon because of the pipeline distribution problem.  The governor has declared a state of emergency and is urging folks to not drive anymore than necessary while they're getting emergency shipments of fuel in. 
Saw it. I expected Randall to be the person I though he was... He wasn't!! He is out for himself
Rebecca on the other hand was the classiest woman they have ever had on the Apprentice! By far she out spoke Randall and more importantly she said nothing negative truly about him. Agree, lost all respect for Randall. Though I seriously think Rebecca will be hired by somone probably today she has offers pouring in; seriously for her brain and her gorgeous looks are just a plus!! A Rebecca FAN!!
On the contrary, Christians ARE expected by God to judge sin. sm
There are numerous versus to back this up. There is a verse that says if we as Christians observe a fellow Christian falling into sin, we are to go to that person (in love, not condemnation) and try and guide them back onto the right path away from destruction. How are we to follow God's laws if we do not judge right and wrong? That verse has been taken so far out of context.

WHAT WE ARE NOT TO JUDGE is another person's relationship with God or whether that person has obtained salvation or is saved.

WE ARE EXPECTED TO JUDGE SIN. I'll be happy to dig up the verses for anyone who would like to see them.
We are expected to learn spanish, make
Here's the dealio... MTs are expected to be able to hit the ground running.
We work from home.  There is no training curve.  That's just the way it is in the MT industry.  If you want to work from home, you have to know what you're doing.  If it takes you longer than three days to get off full QA, then you belong in an office somewhere getting training from a mentor who has the time and money to train you.  Working from home is all about the bottom line -- the MTs and the MTSOs.  This is career field you've chosen, so get with the program.  Sharpen your skills and quit expecting someone to hold your hand.
BTDT. They expected a heck of a lot from the MT for that kind of pay
All the emails, all the demands, all the changes, ugh. For all they expect and demand, the pay is way too little, not to mention the fact that they need MTs who do SPECIALTY work (cardiology) and should pay the MT a higher cpl than they do currently for that reason alone.
As an educated & experience MT, we're expected to correct what's
Never said that typos were acceptable, what I said was is 100% accuracy expected 100% of the time.

Yes, I used to work in a docs office doing this as well as other things and but never had this problem.That is why I am frustrated.  My question was whether or not there was a curve for MT'ing or not.  I guess I just was not clear on exactly what editors/QA were really meant for.  I thought they were more of a saftey net for a TX company to ensure that everythign that goes out is what it should be.  But I guess I was mistaken.

Anyway, I was thinking that maybe there was something else similar in this field that would be an option for me to do.  Since I actually like this line of work, I don't see why I should give up so easily.

Lastly, its just me, but I actually think staying at home with my kids is a perfect reason to do this for a living.  I mean seeing as though I actually do want to earn a honest living doing something that I have experience doing ...why not?  It's better than relying the government for money to support my family isn't it? 

an overworked, underpaid, still expected to meet production go to person.

We are expected to follow AAMT unless client profile states otherwise or marked down by QA for it, s
You're expected quota depends on whether you are paid hourly or per line. SM

I'm paid hourly and I was told the requirement was 50 or more reports per day.  I've never worked QA per line, but I'm sure their line quota is pretty high, at least 2000 or better per day, as you get credit for every line in every report you QA.

Hope this was the answer you were looking for.