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Average line rate including spaces these days for experienced MTs is

Posted By: about 8 cpl. nm on 2005-09-29
In Reply to: That would be all fine and dandy... - SM


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My line including spaces is 65 characters. I've heard that not counting spaces
takes away over 35% of your line count. I believe it too because you have at least 15 or so spaces on each line that you type. Use your first sentence up top as an example; you had 77 char and 21 spaces - in that line that would be a little less than 30% of your characters that you didn't get paid for. I don't think it's worth it and wouldn't want to work without getting credit for my spaces.
Gross line, also including blank lines because my line rate is so low. It all works out in the wash.
Two companies, both 65 char lines including spaces, one pays 0.10/l and the other 8.5/gross line. n
What is the average line/hour for a 65 character line with spaces? NM
What is a 55 char gross line compared to a 65-char line including spaces?
What is the average going rate for by the line transcription sm

and how about radiology by the report?  I have searched the archives and am just getting more and more confused.  I have worked in house for 15 years and do all the big four and radiology.  I made $15.67 per hour until we were eliminated on Friday.  What is the average?  I am medium fast, about 200 lines an hour or 15 radiology reports an hour.

Can anyone just give me an idea?  It seems that the services are all over the place in terms of rates. 

what is the average line rate going ladies?
just wondering what you guys think the average is, I saw Accustat posting 7.5 per line
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.

If your contract does not have including spaces sm
you can attach an addendum to it to read "9 cents per 65 character line including spaces" and sign it, mail to them and have the owner sign it and send you a copy of the signed contract. If they won't do that, it probably is without spaces and they didn't want to tell you.

About 8.5 cpl 65 characters including spaces. nm
No, it is 65 character lines including spaces. The only canned text is my own.
I get mostly the same dictators on the same account every day. I do have carpal tunnel starting, so, gotta get it while I can.
i would say a good experienced average is about 200 lph so students maybe 100 to 150 lph. nm
What average line count do you type per pay period. what is considered above average and how long

550-650 lph on average. Some days more, some days less. It all depends. nm
I'd grab it quickly. W/o spaces you average about
15% less - so that is an excellent rate - good for you!!
Yes if gross line or 65 character line with spaces....Good Deal!!! nm
Average QA rate?

What's the average rate for a QA?  After 5 years of being an MT, I've been offered a QA position and they are offering $1.85 per report.  Obviously it depends on the length of the report, but she says it'll average about $0.03 per line.  Is this about average for a QA?  What about the per report thing?  Is it normal to pay that way?  I think I would rather get paid per line....


Average 8-9 on heavy days.

Tuesday is my biggest day and it is a 9 hour day that includes an hour for pick-up and deliveries.  But that is with 5 doctors, and two do heavy consults/letters/ops from Monday.  I usually get abut 200 to 250 minutes and it takes me about 8 hours to do it.  But I do in shifts, 10 to 1, off for an hour for lunch/walk then 2 to 5 and then 7 to 9 or else get up at 5 in the morning to finish and print and delivery at 9.   Monday can be the same depending on that they "catch up on over the weekend". But Wed/Thurs is 6 hours and Friday or if I chose to do on Sunday is only 4.  Again my accounts have been with me for 5 to 18 years --oops just had one start last November but they are pretty good dictators and I can just move right along.  But I do take frequent breaks and am able to work the hours that are the most productive for my body which does include usually early morning hours -- 5 to 8.  But that is me and that is the advantage of having my own accounts.  

Average rate for 10+ years out here is now 9 cpl...:( nm
The average is now $1.00-$1.25, so that is a good rate. sm
If it includes mammos and/or plain films, it will balance out the MRIs and CTs. Just make sure that they do not include IR reports in there at that rate. There are probably only 3 decent radiology transcription companies out there, so do you homework and not just the nay-sayers or cheerleaders. Look for the longer answers with details, not the "go for it" or "stay away" kind. I have found that those are either angry ex-employees of a company or new hires that are still in the honeymoon phase. Look for advice from those that have been at a company over a year; that is a good length of time for an impression to be accurate.

What company/companies are you looking at for that rate?
Can anyone tell me the average hourly rate or annual salary for sm

in-house hospital employee around Carmel Valley?   Hourly range or annual salary.

Thank you so very much for any information!!

This is interesting...average number of vacation days around the world per year..
Italy 42 days
France 37 days
Germany 35 days
Brazil 34 days
United Kingdom 28 days
Canada 26 days
Korea 25 days
Japan 25 days
U.S. 13 days

We are crazy to work so hard!
I think 8 is the going rate these days- sm
I have 7 years experience now and that is the most I have made except for some per diem work. I get 8 on most my accounts, 7 on a couple smaller ones but I have a lot of stuff in templates and in my expander. I do the same 8 doctors all the time, and just added one more so I can get my checks up to $1K every 2 weeks. Sure I would love more money but doubt it is going to happen any time soon. Just bought IT so hope that makes a bit of a difference for me, will load it up over the weekend. As for what you can do and how fast you are that is great. I would not change your situation for anything.
IC, by line, 68-72 character spaces/line
1) do you have a contract stating line counting and line rate,sm
if you look at the IRS website it's pretty clear what constitutes IC versus SE versus employee. You might want to photocopy that along with a copy of your contract with your next invoice and also put on the invoice any monies due from past invoices they "changed"...maybe catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Good luck!
What is the going hourly rate (range) for QA these days. (sm)
Check the MT jobs available. Nowadays 8 or 9 cents a line is considered good for experienced MTs.
That still is not a paid line rate. If your base is $0.10 per line, it will be $0.08 cpl.
Considering other companies pay 4 or 5 cents per line for VR - you are still making out.

65 with spaces=line/12 cpl

Without spaces, what line is that on? 65 characters?
65 character line with spaces
What's the average pay? Do they pay you per line?

My first job was editing Radiology reports at a hospital... received hourly pay, though.

The only editing job I've seen at a national was at Focus Infomatics... 4 cpl yuck. Is that the norm?

Average per line pay?

I inherited a transcription job which is great.  It's not much work per week, but good for me.  I do it as an individual contractor. 

My question is what is the average per line wage?  I tried to research it, but couldn't find any definitive info.  I'm currently at 12 cents a line, but was considering asking for a raise now that I've been there over a year and before the current office manager leaves.

Any advice is appreciated!  Thanks!

Gross line count without spaces?
I've been corresponding with an MTSO, and she tells me that she pays gross line without spaces.  Is there such a thing?  I have both Abacus and MPCount, and neither of those programs has an option to count gross lines without spaces.  Any input would be appreciated.  Thanks!
11 cpl, 65 line w/spaces. No headers/footers except
I think that means they pay for spaces, 65-charac line.
I charge by 65-char line with spaces...sm

The two accounts I've worked on wanted 0.5 inch margins on both sides.  One of the accounts wants 10-point Times.  The other wants 12-point Times.  They want the margins so big because they are trying to save on their paper costs, because the sticky back paper (I think that's what they use) is apparently quite expensive.  I send the documents via e-mail for them to print on their own.  Anyway, charging for a 65-character line with spaces nets me more than a gross line because of the margins, font, and typeface.  Try it with your line counter.  I have one built into my Instant Text (which I don't use for invoices) and SylCount.  Both of them show that the gross line is quite a bit less when the margins are this big. 


Why not charge for spaces?  You type 'em like you type a letter or number! 

In Word you take the line count with spaces SM

and divide it by 65.  That will give you your line count.  So, if my report had 11,700 characters with spaces, that would equal 180 lines.  Multiple 180 lines x. 0.11 (your cost per line) and that would equal $19.80 for that particular report.

Good luck!


10 cents/line 65 char. w/spaces,
Small company (about 7 of us, I'm the only part-timer) Acute care, mix of dictators, 1 year part-time experience.
What is the average pay per line for VR editing? nm
Ask what the average line count per day is for the MTs there.
Ask if there is good tech support possibly also.
line count average
What would you say is the average line count per day on a 65 and 72 character count? Thanks
I did the math for you. It comes out to an average of $0.067/line...sm
30 lines x 0.067 = $2.01

It all depends on the length of the reports, the software they're using and also if they pay for links.

Be very careful if the reports are really long on average, you won't make much at all.
And if you average it out to 10 words a line, that's
average charge per line

Just starting out on my own and have been asked by a local chiropractor to handle his transcription.  I don't want to undercut other sub-contractors charges but don't want to quote too high either, especially being new.  How can I find out the average charge per line for chiro transcription?

I think it is a 65 character line without spaces but doesnt that mean you have to type a lot more to
get your lines in so you really arent making 9.5 cpl in fact right. I am not sure I understand when you dont get paid for spaces how much you really lose from that. Is it 20% a report or what percentage do you lose. If a report is 100 lines with spaces then what do you really get paid for on those 100 lines without spaces. I think that is what I mean. I am just tring to figure out how much longer you have to work to get your lines in at 1000 lines a day without spaces versus 1000 lines a day with spaces. Seems it would take quite a bit longer.
Both 65 characters per line -- one counts spaces, one doesn't NM
Do the math. I am figuring on a 65 character line with spaces. SM

Getting credit for headers and footers or not, doesn't make much difference in the math.  It's simply not possible.  Even if you figure she gets 10 free lines per report for headers and footers, she still would have to type 300 lph for 10 hours a day and her hands would virtually never have to leave the keyboard!

Her pants are on fire!

I was referring to gross 65 character per line with spaces, sm
but again, it was very grueling, but possible. Granted, I had no life besides the keyboard.
Sorry- meant ඉ character line w/spaces!" - NM
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.