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Bad idea to post rates. Plus they are pretty high, and TAT

Posted By: is pretty standard 24 hours, so .. sm on 2008-09-03
In Reply to: I agree... - However, see inside...

by saying 2-5 business days and charging so much extra for "stat" if it's done within 24 hours, you'll never compete with most services that offer standard 24 hour TAT.

The urology group may have an MT they've used for a long time and that's the rate she has always received and she's fine with it. Hard to say, but doubtful they are using a service if they are TRULY paying that low a rate. I agree they're probably trying to get a lowball offer. JMO, but not sure I'd want to take on the practice where my DH worked anyway. Puts him on the spot if you ever fall behind or whatever. Something to consider.

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Aren't the chances pretty high that coding, like MT -
I had no idea pay was ever that high
When you were up that high? 
Great idea and they're pretty cheap, too!
Only about $20 or $30 at Wal-Mart.  You're one smart cookie!
Need MT section on this board to post line rates sm

and what company to help turn things around in this industry, meaning, the 4,5,6,7,8 9 etc per line which is grossly under paying if one takes the time to figure, how many lines, how many lines per hour, per minute, per second to make HOW MUCH PER HOUR.  This is the key, how much per hour you make.

With a list of where to refer to, it helps curb this slave labor mentality.

THE MTs NEED A SECTION ON THIS BOARD to list going rates so the industry becomes more competitive and not at our expense with all this " supply 3 phones, supply long distance TO THEM. BUY THIS AND PROVIDE THIS TO THEIR COMPANY.  Buy this license, this software. 

My contribution: As taken from their ads the last month (looking back) at least 10/ln

Future Net Tech - California  9-10

CPR Tech California 10

Digital Records California - California

Phoenix Trans

Keystrokes Ill.

Tidewater  Virg.

Trans tech

Ascend 9-11 BVirg.


TTS New Hampshire

Softscript - California

MWPS Michigan   Rad.


CPR - California



I was just going to post pretty much - sm
The same thing. There are lots of healthy-looking bodies there! I never think, wow, what are they doing here? Instead, I think, wow, if they look like that from coming to WW, I can too! The on-line version is great if you can hold yourself accountable. Personally, I need the benefit of "weighing" in at the meetings to keep myself in check! Good luck!
Sort of high-jacking this post
I am sorry for a little high-jacking here, but I also wanted to post a tip to add to Amanda's.  In response to looking things up etc, I have found a way use my Expander program "Instant Text" to really work for me.  I have created glossaries for my hospital account's doctor's names, their fields etc.  There are over 400 docs at the hospital I transcribe for and if one was referred to within a dictation, I would have to stop and look their names up, make sure it was the doctor being referenced by their field of medicine, etc.  I have these entered in Instant Text now and can go right to it.  I also have a glossary where I have created a "dictionary".  I toggle and WA la! 
Exactly! LOL! I found that post pretty comical myself..
Dunno.... the QA's who post on here sound pretty
Reading about how perfect they all say they are, how they never make a mistake, and all the rest of us are bastically illiterate, ou'd think they invented medical transcription, and possibly even the English language.
sorry, i didn't read your post before I posted mine...says the same thing, pretty much! :) nm
Personally, when I first saw that post I thought that idea was insane. I still do! nm
I was very spooky reading your post because you are describing me and you have no idea who I am.

I have tried over and over the diet thing and I hate how I look, although, I think there are some heavy people out there that do not care and are very outgoing even though they are heavy, unfortunately that is not me.  I tend to not want to go to social things because of it.  I am very lucky too in that I am almost 6', I could not imaging weighing my weight and only being 5'4". 

Has anyone kept a list of line rates, report rates, benefits, etc for sm

the different companies out there?  I feel lost and confused.  It seems like everything is changing daily, and I am not being organized enough to keep up.  I am about to actively look for full time employment again but if there was a list, I would be able to sort through a lot more quickly. 

Can anyone help?  I am going to start keeping a chart myself in case anyone needs this in the future.

Line rates in the Northeast - can anyone advise as to what the going rates are in the NE part of the
country? Specifically Connecticut. I want to make sure I am on target here. Thanks.
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.
We met in high school. My high school sweetheart
introduced us in a discussion over Ford versus Chevy versus Dodge. I used to race my Dodge Coronet with oldstyle 318 V-8 engine against the guys on the back roads and old highways. High school boyfriend had a Chevy truck. DH had a Ford Fairlane and later an AMC Javelin that just made me swoon. We didn't actually start dating until three years later, and my old high school boyfriend was a bit surprised at that since he introduced us.
Should just post all their open positions in one post and only be allowed to post one of those a day
???going rates
Help!!! just been offered an OB/GYN doctor account.  What should I charge?
I am out here in Oregon.  I will be completely honest but have been told on this board that I am too low and do too much for my docs but they have been very loyal to me, all have been with me from 5 to 18 years, pay on time -- 48 hours recepit of invoice, no questions asked about line count, etc., never a bounced check, etc.  I have  just raising my rates to 0.115   for my larger accounts and 0.125 for a small account that I have that does less than 1500 lines per month.  Oh yea, my psych account is still at 0.11 cpl but he is not 24 hour turn around and going digital.But I do charge gross line, 65 charaters per line.  I pick up and deliver, provide the sticky paper, cut apart the chart notes, do envelopes.  I make about $3200 to $3500 per month depending on whether all docs are in all month or not, (6 docs) and since I have been doing them so long, I put in 25 to 28 hours per week with printing, pick-up delivery, etc.  And yes, they appreciate me and give me Christmas bonus, birthday gifts, extra time when I have a crisis, etc.   Had been working at a clinic doing about 20 hours per week in addition for the past year  but just paid off my last attorney fee from a ugly divorce and so am qutting there as of next month and taking three months to do just my own  accounts and have some fun this summer.   I had a resume from a company out here that wanted my clinic account and charged 0.18 cpl but to me that is way too high.  I feel that I average 30 to 40 per hour and to me that is more than fair.   And yes I provide my own insurance, own my own home, put $500 to $800 aside for retirement.   Patti

It definitely depends on where you live.  I'm in Arkansas and have a hard time getting 0.10 out of docs around here.  Right now I have a peds acct that is 0.08 and an internal med that is 0.9, 65 character lines.  The peds acct provides their own paper for me to print on and I email transcription to the internist, so they print it.  I do pick up tapes everyday and I am always available, never take vacations unless the docs do.

The best thing to do would probably be to talk to some of the doctors and negotiate terms.

I work full time and also do "extra accounts" to support my love to travel - live in the northeast.  I do a big GI practice (6 docs), ENT practice (2 docs) and high-risk pregnancy (2 docs).  I charge a flat $3 a page no matter how many lines are on that page.  (These are all letters).  I've been told I'm cheap, but it averages out to about $30 an hour for the most part and anywhere from 16 to 20 hours a week. All are quite good dictators, provide their letterhead and since I have been doing it for so many years, easy accounts.  They are wonderful about me taking vacation - just hold the work for me.  A bit overwhelming at times when I get back from vacation, but worth it. As all offices are near my full time job, I pick up and deliver almost every day. 
I work as an IC for a neurology group and also for a child and adolescent/family and marriage psychiatrist.  I charge 12 cents per line based on a 60-character line.  I had worked for another group that paid me 14 cents/60-character line, but they needed tapes picked up daily and I lived nearly 45 minutes away.  If you have experience, in my area you can pretty well set your own price and they will jump at it.
QA rates

Can I ask what you get per line?


I have a couple clients like this -- was way easier to just charge a higher line rate than to figure time/paper/ink/postage, etc for every billing.  My docs liked the all-inclusive flat rate.  You can write off the paper, postage, etc as business expense.  Good luck. 
Rates in NJ

Just checking in to see what a fair rate would be to charge for specialities (neuro and ortho) in the Morris/Sussex/Warren County areas of NJ.  If anyone out there has any info, I'd appreciate it.


CMT rates
I have never seen it make a bit of difference. I do very well without having those initials. Good question about verifying that though, I have seen some really awful QA work that boast those initials.
In looking through the ads, the rates seem to go from 7-10 cpl for IC or emp. nm

Paid by minute. what is the going rate?

Thank you all for  your input, it has been helpful.  I charge 12 cents per line 10 words (no spaces) = a line.  It's mainly the gas and the time driving out there. I figure it's 2.5 hours per week specifically for them. I do include errands etc during my delivery, but now that my kids are going to be out of school, I will have to make a special trip out there just for them. My other two accounts are strictly digit and we communiate via internet. I did raise my rates to .14 last week, and they threw  a fit. I suggested that I come in less frequently or that they consider going digital and they are not open. I am not sure what is going to happen at this point, but I feel with all the time and money spend just on this one account, 12 per line is not reasonable. Plus, I just read today that gas prices will hit 4.00 per gallon in my areas this summer.    Thanks again for all your input, it was very helpful. 
pay rates
I would like information about pay rates. I get paid for a gross line. Due to recent changes in computer systems I looked at new and old reports and found that my character line is more than 80 characters.
pay rates
I used to be paid by the gross line and it all depends on the size of the font and the margin length. However, you also have to consider how many times do you truly do a *full line*. There are many lines where only a few characters are entered, and you are being paid the same for those, as you are for a full line. If you are really concerned that you are not being paid enough, take one report you just finished, do a character count, and divide by 65, multiply that by your current pay rate and see the difference. I would go back to gross line in a heart beat if it was available to me. but that is just my opinion.
Pay rates --sm
I think the pay rates you suggested are a little bit high. Everything I have seen and even applied for, have started on an average of 7 to 8 cpl for both employees and IC, even with MTers with up to 30 years experience. Most companies state that the pay rate is based on experience, but it is not really that way. They have a set starting rate and you either take it or leave it. Raises are rare in any company. Some offer production *bonuses*, but from what I have read, there are so many loop holes involved in making those, that it is not even worth it or feasible. Just my 2 cents.
pay rates
My company pays by the dictated minute with 7 levels of pay depending how much you type and how efficient you are. The more efficient work you turn in, the more pay you get. If you consistently turn in poor work you will be limited to access of jobs and/or let go.
Rad Rates
Well, you would surely wish to do as the client asks, wouldn't you? :) And yes, they say how they'd like to be billed.

Per line 14-20 cents, depends on how many characters, TAT.
Per report 2-3.
Never billed or paid by page or minute for rad.

Best wishes!
IC rates
If an IC works for himself/herself, they can set their own rates, but if they work for a company as an IC, like I do, they get paid whatever that company sets as their pay scale for ICs. It is very unlikely that if you work for a company as an IC that you will get a raise. Usually raises are only given to employee based transcriptionists.
My rates sm
I get 8.5 cents PLUS incentives at one job. I get 10 cpl at my PT job. I do OP notes exclusively.

I have only 5 years to your 6, so I feel like yeah, you should get more.

OP note only MTs are desirable. Companies, anymore, are hiring OP note MTs and the rest of acute care MTs. I am pretty sure you can do better. If you even have incentives for what you can do, it would be better.
QA rates

Just my opinion. 

Where I work, MTs generally make 10 cpl and QAs make 5 cpl.  I chose to do QA, simply because I have done this more years than I care to admit and I find the work more interesting and less tiring than MT work. 

I think if you do a good job as an Editor (QA), you will make about the same hourly rate as a transcriptionist.  While I do not make more money doing QA (about the same as MT), I like it better because there is much less keyboarding and I enjoy figuring out the difficult transcripts.  Also, I think in the next 5 or 10 years, editors will be the only language specialists with decent jobs. 

I think if you take less than about 5 cpl, you'll end up making less than if you were working as an MT. 




can anyone tell me average rate per line for the north east area? I was thinking 14-18 cpl?


PLEASE let me know of anyplace that pays 9 cpl or more!!! Thanks and good luck!
IC rates
Depending on where your accounts come from... if you're with an MTSO I'd say 8-9 cpl is the "going rate". If you have your own clients, though, your rate would likely depend on the area of the country/state you're in... anywhere from 11-18 cpl maybe?
Higher rates
When my hospital looking into a MTSO for quicer TAT, they were quoted .33 cpl.  This company only paid their MTs. .07 cpl.  Needless to say, my hospital stuck to what they were paying me.
I wonder how many MTs will be so thrilled to do MQ ASR when the new rates come out. Should be
interesting to see how that pans out.
ME rates reduced
yep, the letter's in the mail. if you're doing ME work your rate will be decreased off of your base rate because they think the average production increases by 25%. well, you have the choice as staying as a MT at your regular rate, which I'm going to do as their ASR program can't seem to distinguish between the smaller words in a document even with the person saying them very, very clearly that you're continuously having to peck along to correct. The system even leaves out words that clear dictators are saying. Until they fix those kinds of things I'm not messing with it. You cannot get a rhythm doing the ME work -- at least that's what I've found. I've timed it and I can type a document faster from scratch than I can do it with ASR. That's just my opinion. They are paying us pennies to do a job that requires more than flipping burgers at Jack.
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Canadian rates, please help

Could any of you help me in making this very important decision please?  I have contacts that can help me get contracts from a small Physical therapy/chiropractic care clinic in Alberta, Canada.  But, I have no clue as to how much is charged per 65 cpl with spaces in Canada.  Considering that one US dollar is equivalent to Canadian $1.15, I guess I would perhaps be able to get a better rate.   But how much would you say is a rate that would do justice to both parties?  Anyone doing a similar work from Canada, working MTs with MT companies in Canada, please help. Any input will be welcome…Thank you….Maple

How are their insurance rates?
Line Rates

I have only been working from home for 8 months now and my previous MT work was done while i was office manger and of course i was paid hourly but did more then just MT work.

I was wondering what is the going line rate other companies are offering??


Confused about Rad Rates
Is the trend for radiology now going to per line rates?  Love doing radiology and trying to find PT but afraid to give up the basic 4 that I do now.  Most posts for radiology nowadays advertise 7-8 cents per line.  Isn't that a lot low as compared to per report at 1.10-1.50 as I see some rad trans getting?  There are are a couple of ads on the job board I would fit my equipment and time schedule but not at the rates they are willing to pay.
Don't lower your rates
Don't lower your rate! Don't feel guilty! Feel blessed. I'm envious--am on an account where it is impossible to understand them let alone make a macro but if I could I would and not feel bad at all. I have years invested in this just like the Dr's. You should be paid for your time and expertise macro or not.
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Error rates
Could anyone tell me how other service providers are dealing with error rates? Need to implement something but am unsure how to go about it. Thank you!
Seems only fair to me. If we use it for biz, should pay biz rates.