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For QA consulting I'm paid per hour; QA instructing (college) paid salary, QA editing paid per li

Posted By: QA Specialist on 2005-09-06
In Reply to: are you paid salary? - or some other way? NM

I am an IC and work for two different MTSOs as well as instruct at a business college.

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are you paid salary?
Hi, any IC's that are paid on salary? or is this a reasonable pay I should ask for?

My docs have now switched to a new platform, which does not utilize counting lines, which is how I am paid now.  They suggested paying by time, but that would be irritating for me to have to keep track and multiply and do all sorts of other stuff by hand (rather than having software to do it).

I have thought about asking them to pay me on salary.  I have been with them for 7 years with no raise.  NO RAISE EVER.  Seven years this September, and I have made between 25 and 28 thousand dollars each year with them.

I am thinking of asking for $36,000 a year and was wondering how reasonable that is.  I get absolutely no benefits from them and in turn, have to pay my own health insurance, retirement, taxes, etc. (so really it would be about 24K a year).

Any advice?   thanks so much


if mt paid 9, editor paid 4 or 5...how can company charge 14 and make it..sm

I know the going rate in our area is 14 cents per line.  As MTs most companies here pay us 8 or 9 cents a line.  Now add in the Editor rate at 4 or 5 per line..you are paying OUT more than you can charge a line.  How would companies stay in biz?

Unless all work is sent by the company overseas at pennies per line, this would not pay for a company.

just curious how this works out

No I never said that, they paid for college, I only - sm
helped with incidentals. I did not have too, I wanted to. They did not say I had to work but I wanted to contribute as much as I could to the expenses. Art supplies and books are not cheap and I told them I would take care of that. I spent about $2K a year in art supplies alone, w/o food. My first 2 years they paid tuition and board in the dorm, my Jr. & Sr. year I got an apartment which I shared with 1 person the first year, and the next year I got a bigger apt. and shared with 2 people, cutting the rent cost in the process. I also covered my butt by subletting in the Summer so they would not get stuck paying rent on my empty room (though I would have paid that from my summer job if it had happened). In no way do I think I put myself through college. All I did was try to save my parents some cash and be as self-sufficient as I could in the circumstances. I am very grateful for what they did for me. During 2 of my years in college they were shelling out $15K a year for my older brother to go to Drexel (his tuition and apartment), so they had their plate full. Luckily my dad had it all covered through extremely wise investments when I was just a little girl. I have been extremely fortunate but I never expected it all to be handed to me on a plate, and I have never said "oh, I put myself through college", what a load.
But how much are the US EDs gonna be paid? Typically this work is paid at 2-3 cpl. nm
You don't get paid an hourly rate you get paid by line - sm
so because of how you are paid (not an hourly rate) you don't get OT, especially if you are an IC.
I would move on. I think it is so unfair not to be paid for spaces! I think we should get paid

per keystroke, but that'll never happen.  I just think that these national companies are going to keep finding ways to cheat us.  I found a job working for a hospital as an employee, paid hourly plus incentive, and they let us expand everything!  Somebody's gonna have to kill me to make me give up this job.  I will never go back to the national's again.

I feel for you though.  I know that for us MTs those good jobs are few and far between and some have little choice but to work for the nationals.  I just happened to luck into the job I have now.  I just applied at the right time. 

Good luck to you whatever you decide.

If those companies paid a fair wage, and paid more
all came out equal, people wouldn't feel the need to try to make up the deficit by going for the good stuff. I actually prefer the harder, juicier reports. But I can't make a living doing only that, because the pay is not commensurate with the difficulty. So even though I prefer not to, sometimes I have to pick up some of the easier, more boring 'line-o-matic' reports just to make ends meet. Tell your MTSO to make it work their while, and MTs will stop taking all the easy work away that you obviously would prefer to keep for yourself.
You wont show UE being paid because it is employer paid -
the employee will never have to pay this.
Why would they care? Management is paid salary and that's all they're concerned with.
We're an expendable commodity to those people. If we quit, we're easily replaced.
I do not get extra money for typing and supervising.. I get paid salary which means

I get to type the stuff everyone else has rejected!

Wwwowoooweeeiiieee.. lucky me and my 3 dollars an hour!! 

You should be getting paid more, not less for that editing as
if it more difficult to edit correct than to do straight transcription. Doesn't it make you upset that you are making less per line. Don't tell me you can edit more lines than transcribe. The fact is you are doing MORE and being paid LESS!
Being paid per report for editing.
Do you guys think $1.38 per report is fair for doing QA in escription/and emailing feedback?
What you "should" be paid and what you "are" paid

sadly are two very different things.  Good luck on demanding more..because someone else will just come along and take it for what they offer and they know it. 

If you believe editing is a HIGHER skill, then why are we being paid

If you are paid by the hour--
I wouldn't mind jumping from one account to the other either if I were being paid BY THE HOUR-- but when you are on production only and you have to sit and read a zillion different client profiles, do this for this doc, but don't do that for that doc, etc., and are only allowed to work in an 8 hour time frame, it does not make for great production. If they want us to do that many accounts, we should be paid hourly, not by production alone.
I get paid by the hour, THANK GOD!
I had no idea it was 3 cpl or in the proximity out there.  That's just awful.  They want professional, perfect reports by transcriptionists who make no mistakes and type like the wind.  Yet they don't pay for that.  It's sick.  Thanks for opening my eyes. 
getting paid by the hour
I have not been paid by the hour in 6 years since I worked in a hospital.  What is the going rate?  I will be doing clinic notes for a small family practice office in Tennessee, probably about 2 hours a day after the backlog is caught up.  They are going to see if they can offer me health insurance which they will pay for but I have to wait to know for sure until they talk to their insurance agent.  I was just curious what others were charging.  Thanks.
Because I am not paid by the hour;
I am paid by the line. And the faster I go, the more I get per hour. Others working at the same line rate may make more or less per hour depending on their speed.
I get paid by the hour
I'm working at a local nephrology clinic, unfortunately not for very long because of EMR, but that's another story. I'm am employee and work from home, but get paid by the hour. I liked that set up because when there's little or no work I still get paid for my full 7-1/2 hours a day.
I agree with you. I would never want to be paid by the hour.
I would be looking at a major paycut I believe. I average $28-$30/hr now and am paid by the line.
Are there any MTs left that get paid by the hour?
Just wondering.  As an IC, I was trying to figure what I made per hour after having to pay my share and employer's share of SS.  If there is anyone out there that still gets paid per hour, I would like to know what area you are from and how much.  Thanks.
Do you get paid by the hour or production?
It would be very rare to be paid by the hour
while working at home. Too many variables and too many people would take advantage
WhenI was paid by the hour, I kept them LONG ......sm
but now that I am paid by the line, they are short!   Bucks before beauty, I guess.   
Does anyone know if Indian MTs are paid by the line or by the hour? sm
That's something I have been curious about.  I know the MTSOs charge by the line, but was wondering how they pay the MTs.  I recall various articles about all the benefits they had, free medical, etc., even food.
reAre there any MTs left that get paid by the hour?
Mid-South (Tennessee) hospital employee, $23.00
Are you paid by the line, word, hour?

My former job paid by the hour. Higher producers with
how does one measure lines. i get paid by the hour so i have no need to do that.
just wondering
You would need to go back in-house to be paid by the hour.

If you're paid by the hour, and not by the line, YES.
10$ late if invoice is not paid within 10 days. At day 15 work stops until invoice is paid. Hardly
If you are paid by the line and make over $25 an hour, then I hate to say it

but I am wondering if you are doing full QA.  By the line is NOT fair pay for QA.  I know I mentor new MTs on a very difficult account and there is no way you could earn a decent wage on any amount of line pay, no way!

Don't go telling someone they could do better if they are paid by the line.  Quality specialists MUST have ethics in their work.  You can do a decent amount of reports a day and give feedback and mentoring, but you certainly would not be earning $25 an hour on line pay that I have seen....just no way!  The most I have seen QA paid is 7 cents a line and still those women do not average that amount. 

Now, I don't know what you do or if you listen 100%, but most QA positions I have had have had megablanks, 100% listen as well as 100% feedback and you just cannot produce that much doing your job in a proper manner.

I usually average $25/hour paid by line so most places...

I'm paid by the hour, but by page or line are both common.
I work on-site, which is why I'm hourly. I also think working on-site with the actual paperwork in front of you makes for the best quality. Otherwise there would be sooooo many tech errors or dictator mis-speaks that I wouldn't be able to research from home that it would drive me crazy. But lots of MTs do it, of course.
Yes, I leave cable news on low, but since I get paid by the hour plus incentive,
One in Jonesboro, Arkansas, does. Paid by the hour with incentive based
They want minimum of 120 minutes/8 hours. After that is when you start earning that incentive.

could be short reports and getting paid for headers/footers in a 10-hour day.
I do radiology now, paid by the hour, work from home, can it get any easier than that?

Yes at PHNS-- this was a few years ago....was paid initially on how many lines you averaged an hour
the highest you could get was .085 which is what I averaged, however they restructured and it plummetted to .07.....you could get .085 again but you had to really work your butt off (something like +1500 a day).  I was PT so I was only doing 500 lines or so a day, at most 1000, so it basically sucked after that.  Plus the company totally changed, they started to outsource to the Phillappines, work dried up big time and we fought over the lousy crumbs.  Many of us left and moved onto to better things though!
getting paid
In a hospital setting, doctors get paid when caring for patients that arent their own, patients admitted whose care they take over.  I dont think it is wrong.  They need a pay check too and the time they spend is taking time away from their office patients. 
Wonder if they get paid by the name?



RE: Paid for looking this up
Why would you want to get paid extra for performing your job properly?
Most I have run across say you will get paid for it sm
if you ask off that day, but unless you ask off, you have to work it and will be paid the holiday pay in addition. Most I know will not pay you for it if you do not work unless you request to be off on the holiday. I think it is strange because why else would they call it a holiday, but I think it is the nature of the beast of MT.
not getting paid
This was my thinking as well.  Just didn't "jive" with me, if you know what I mean.   I will check with the places you mentioned.  Thank you.  
Getting paid

You are doing the right thing asking what to do before flying off and ripping them a nasty letter with empty threats.  Do some research, check and double check that you did not sign a contract, get all your ducks in a row and the facts straight, then sit down and write them a very professional, calm letter outlining the facts.  Send it addressed to one of the doctors specifically -- as if it goes through an office manager it sometimes does not get to them -- and ask for it to be signed ONLY by the doctor and get a recepit that it was delivered.   Just outline what will be happening if you do not get your check within 7 to 10 days and follow through.  But make sure that the doctors know what is happening.  But you can contact your state Labor Board, Consumer Affairs or any state agency that will listen to you to get the facts.    Also the State Medical Association.   Be sure to mention to the doctor (s) that you have contacted these agencies and will be doing a follow up letter with them should you not get paid.  You can also file under the smalls claim court to get your money but that takes time.   But if you write a very professional letter, have the correct facts and they see that you do -- they will pay.  They don't want to fight.  But again try to get the letter to the attention of one of the doctors.

Good luck, let us know how you do. 


Is anyone having trouble getting paid by Keystrokes?  My direct deposit never went into my account.  Any information appreciated.
Not getting paid
This has happened to me as I was owed 1500.00 and I told the owner of the company that I was going to contact the BBB in his state, my state and the attorney general's offfice in both states, boy did I get my money fast. They do not like to hear that at all. Good luck, but don't let them get away with your not getting paid. We deserve our pay on time.
You get paid???
She's not getting paid to be there? I'd be so