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No - not worth 12 bucks an hour when you can make triple that by the line, sm

Posted By: VR Editor on 2005-11-29
In Reply to: $12/hr QA, IC, part-time - 300-400 lph required...is that good?

but that all depends on what company and VR platform you are talking about.

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Per line - could never make much per hour.
I do 350-400 lph at 12 cpl - no one will pay me what I make by the hour! Per line is the way to go, plus keep your flexibility.
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.

make $20 an hour plus 4 cents gross line
not a liar, not an old person, I make waaaaay over $20/hour, probably double (CA, .15-.17 line) sm

I have two accounts of my own and do vacation coverage for a few other MTs as well as occassional work for a lawyer and a psychologist.  I charge .15 for one clinic and .17 for the other clinic... clinic #2 is a husband/wife neurologist team, and the husband was a major A&& at first... with a very strong accent and every possible bad dictator habit you can imagine.  I told wife I would transcribe for her, but not for him, I had plenty of business.  She said charge whatever you want, have whatever turnaround time you want, just please don't leave.  At the time they were at .12... so I upped them to .17.  That was 5 years ago and now after having gotten to know him and his *quirks* I adore them both.  I am an IC, but they give me very large gift cards for Christmas, kind of in lieu of a bonus, I guess. 

Clinic #2... just this week took on another physician and I told them point blank it was too much for me to provide quick service and they may want to consider a service.  They said no way, we changed the turnaround time to one week with stats as needed.  I even asked them if they considered voice recognition and the office manager laughed and laughed. 

I am just now putting both clinics on digital, and after the initial cost, this will increase my estimated hourly wage as it will take away my delivery time and cost, and my paper and ink printing cost and time.  Though I still plan to visit each office on a regular basis for customer service and because I know my customer service is what got me here in the first place.

For the *occasional* work, the lawyer and pysch I charge $50/transcription hour. 

I know you will all doubt me.  But I work extremely hard, have put in my time with my education - not just learning MT but learning the ropes of running a business and how to do everything smarter, faster, and in the most efficient and sensible way possible.  I also have another business I do in a totally different field!  I am very blessed.  Well, I also know the fields I have chosen were perfect for me, and also I've had good luck.  You know what I think though?  I think my sense of humor and just being as honest and open and observant as possible has made this possible. 

A good neighbor is worth a million bucks, they say this for a reason
I purchased a house at a remarkably reduced price because of a neighbor who was a lunatic. First thing I will do the next time I buy is try to get familiar with the neighbors bordering my home. Thank GOD, he moved but for several years, I had to get a restraining order and even with that, he used foul language, sometimes directed at me, tapped into my utilities, had loud fights with four letter words. I could even hear them in the bedroom going at it (yes, i know)... What I say is don't make her angry or she could make your life REALLY miserable. There will be times when you will not be home...people like her resort to all sorts of behavior, I have a feeling.
I appreciate your responses. I had an option of line vs hour ($14/hour) but if line pays more...nm
I don't make the big bucks but....sm

That's partly because I am fortunate enough to be able to choose to work less, since my husband makes a good salary and has good benefits.

However, in addition to the disciplinary strategies mentioned below, I would say work smarter, not harder. Use as many shortcuts and templates as you possibly can. If you are working in a full version of Word, use AutoText as well as AutoCorrect. You can enter a lot more in AutoText (I don't know the exact character limits). Set up dates, days of the week, months, etc., so that you only have to type a few characters and it will automatically enter it for you.

Another trick using AutoCorrect or any kind of word Expander is put in any words you normally capitalize so you don't have to hit the shift key. You would be surprised how much that will speed you up. I do mostly radiology, so I have all the vertebral levels - C1, C2, T12, L5, etc. - in AutoCorrect, as well as MRI, CT, etc.

Hope this helps...

oil execs make the bucks but ....
I work in the oil & gas industry as my day job, and believe me, I've never seen a big enough check to make it worth it.
Well, it's worth exactly a dollar an hour at my job which
Yeah! With the big bucks I make now that AAMT has championed our cause!
What a joke!!  I saw an ad for an MT for $10 an hour.  Worse than when I started 35 years ago.  Thanks for nothing AAMT!  Have fun at your convention...don't let all of us disillusioned MTs who thought you were actually going to help promote our profession and give us some credibility and professionalism spoil your good time.  After all, that's about all you do these days is plan one convention to the next.  This organization is a joke and all MTs know it.  The only reason most belong is to be credentialed...until they realize they don't have to send you anymore hard earned money.  Bitter?  Yes I am...you have sold us out!  Shame on you.
the people who really make BIG BUCKS are business owners
especially when they go into...say- window washing or something right away, instead of into debt. In general, I'm for college - plan to push my kids to get their master's right away as that seems entry level nowadays - but where I made really good money was owning my own service. Make(made) more as an MTSO than I ever will as a nurse-practitioner.
I made $8.00 an hour with no benefits. But it was worth it.

Why was it worth it?

I spent 7 years in a law office (2 of them as a paralegal), moved, couldn't find anything legal and started getting assigned to medical offices through a temp agency.

If it weren't for that old battleax Family Practitioner and his IBM, not to mention his patience to teach me the stuff I had no clue about, I wouldn't be typing this in my pajamas.

These companies often pay big bucks to support congressmen. Not likely congress will want to make
What is the average line/hour for a 65 character line with spaces? NM
...make WHAT worth it?....
It ain't worth it - you'll make about
$11.00 an hour and no bennies.  After 25 years of doing this people are still making crappy money!
Didn't make much money. Worth it to go on?

I'm thinking of getting back into MT again after doing something else for 5 years.  I'm just afraid it's going to turn out like last time and seem like the money wasn't worth it.  I worked for a national for 30 hours a week and my take home pay averaged $800 for a month.  This was based on getting only 6 cpl back then. 

Is anybody else coming in this low?  Did I pick the wrong company?  I could only average 125 lph.   I don't want to make the same mistake.  It just seems like luck of the draw as to what company to try to go with, especially with the IC vs. employee status.  I was an employee before.

I'd like some honest feedback of what is considered "low" income.  I know it varies a lot based on many factors!!!

It is worth it though. I couldn't make a good living without.
line counts in Ft. Worth area
I am fairly new to transcription and have just moved to the Ft. Worth area from Florida. Can someone please tell me an average line rate for what ICs are making in this area?

Also, I have a friend that bills for blank line spaces (like when you double space.) Is this a correct way to bill? I don't think the doctors she works for know that they are paying her for blank lines.

Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Sharper image has top of the line with massage control. It might be worth it
It's a great chair and I didn't want to get out of it.
I make over $20 an hour
and I do VR work with some text, mostly VR. I live in Georgia but unable to tell you where I work as the last time the company THOUGHT I was recommending, was told in no certain terms they did that. Well, excuse me.....
what do you need to MAKE per hour? take that x 3 and that's your ans. (sm)

When you are an independent contractor, you have to pay ungodly taxes just to start out with.

You have overhead etc.


So say you need to make at least $10 an hour (my gawd you can make $10 an hour at WalMart! running a cash register)....

anyway, if you want to make $10 an hour after taxes and overhead -- then you need to be charging at least $30 an hour. 

Now how long it takes for you to produce $30 an hour worth of work is yours to figure out.  If it's difficult work, you better charge a lot more than 7.5 cents a line (at 65 characters per line remember!/not 80 or 90 characters)

If its easy clinic work or ER work, then charging something like 12 or 13 cents a line would get you about what you need.

If its difficult work from a medical records in a hospital where you have op notes and tons of docs, you need to charge probably 15 to 20 cents a line.


There are so many hidden costs that docs don't want you to remember.

Those down times when your computer gets fried.

New programs, updates (again down time plus cost of updates)

New computers because everything goes out of date and you can't fix the computer because nothing is compatible anymore.

The updates on the internet costs - faster speed - the increase in costs from the internet company.

You get sick and just can't type - or family is sick.  There is no sick time to draw from -- you just hope you have some money saved - which you can't save if you are charging 7.5 cents a line as an IC.

Getting the picture yet?

Then there is the fax machine you probably need to be a proper business and the cell phone for when they just have to contact you.

The heat and a/c to keep you going at home that would not be running if you were at an office all day. 


I tell them they might make $25 to $30 in 8-hour day...
...when first starting out.  I used to get asked, often by the same people several times, until I started breaking it down into financial specifics.  Nobody wants to hear that and they don't ask again.  Most people ask me about transcription to "make a little extra money".  I tell them that I had to look at my first MT job as an internship, making less than minimum wage to get experience while being home with my daughter (we were stationed in Hawaii when she was an infant/toddler - admin jobs paid $6 an hour and daycare, like everything else there, was outrageously expensive unless you could get on the base waiting list so working out of the home was not feasible).  I explain that entry level pay for many companies is 6 cents a line.  I tell them that training programs give basics, real learning is acquired on the job and much of their day will be consumed looking up unfamiliar words, drugs/capitalization, etc.  I explain that many doctors are foreign, have tough accents and/or speak quickly which also hampers production.  Once they get the picture that 10 years' experience is what allows me to pay the bills, I no longer get repeated questions from the preacher or fireman who may think that typing fast enough to keep up an IM converasation and having WebMD in your favorites are all skills and resources you need to do this job.    
At 18 cpl, yes, I make sometimes $50 an hour. nm
Please tell me where I can make $20 an hour!
I left QA a couple of years ago because the company I worked for started paying per line for QA and then I noticed a lot of MTSOs following suit.  I would love to be paid $20 an hour for doing QA.  And I'm not talking SR editing, I'm talking QA, editing the MT for quality.  A lot MTSOs don't know the difference!
I can make up to $40 per hour....
But the keyword is CAN.  I don't always make that, but when I'm in a pool of one GOOD dictator, it is easily done.  I love those days.  If I could do that all the time I would be in business.  I think there are too many variants to determine an exact hourly wage.
I make $43.50/hour and my doc knows that it takes me - sm
three hours to do his tape from transcribing to printing.

If I even went to him and said "I want to charge for the copies," you can bet he would be looking for a new transcriptionist. He has had plenty of offers from other transcriptionists to do his work at a lower rate, but he likes my work, and I will not jeopardize that whatsoever.

My ink costs me $32/month, which is an expense write off.
350 lph when when a majority of us don't even make $10 an hour out here?! What are you asking us
I do MT and make about $35-40 an hour. It can be done and is out there. Keep the faith! nm
It varies but make between $12 and $16 an hour - nm
Wow, I make $15 an hour as an editor and ...sm
thought I was doing pretty good. I can make more per hour line wise, but I get easily distracted, which causes me after 8 hours to do very badly. ;o(
If I worked an 8 hour day I could make that much
money.   I only work about 5 hours day and make good money, but I have a good platform, paid for gross lines, fairly easy to get lines, etc.   I am an employee too. 
You are pathetic. I make $35 an hour with
you would make some money.  Instead you want to stir up trouble and complain.  Why not look at what you DO have instead of what you DON'T have? The reason I am in MT is because I make $35 an hour and I can't make that anywhere else.  If you don't believe it, I don't care.  I'll go back to my work now and make some money, and you can sit on this board and b*tch and make nothing.  And it's your own fault!
I agree. I make 8 cpl and get $29.00/hour
you have to stay in one place long enuf to get used to the dictators, then you can make good money wiht them
I am a sub bus driver and make $15 an hour - sm
doing that, though I never know when I am working, waiting on a route....when that happens I will bring home about $1200 a month which will be nice on top of any MT work I do (still plan to do this but cut back some when I do finally get a route). So for now $60 for working 4 hours subbing for another driver, I can live with. Makes my life a little easier.
Although I would love to make $72 an hour...
I have to admit that is a bit over the top.  But my point was that unions are there to protect the workers and make sure they get a fair and decent wage for the work they do.  If workers aren't protected, corporates would have everyone working for slave labor kind of like MT is now.  Yes, MT is production paid and we all knew this when we signed on but we aren't protected and our pay keeps getting driven down by corporate.  At least unions have negotiations with corporates - give a little, get a little.  Compromise.  We MTs have NOTHING.  We have no say in decisions being made, even when those decisions negatively impact our jobs.  I know as an MT I would never agree to ILP or ASR as those two decisions are the downfall of our industry, only my opinion of course.  Corporate keeps making these decisions that will only benefit them and their own pocketbooks.  They are not looking out in the best interest of MTs because they don't have to.  As I said in my previous post, they keep chipping away at our jobs little by little because nobody is stopping them.  But if we as a whole had some sort of organized leadership negotiating on our behalf, then maybe we could stop ASR and ILP from taking all our jobs and the MT industry could once again be a respected profession that we could actually make a decent living at like it used to be.
Pay by hour or line
AAMT is NEVER there to represent us. They are a giant clubhouse of aging starlets who do nothing but travel around on our dime. They are hardly the epitome of a professional organization, are they?

A lot of us here still don't make $10 an hour. You're lucky. nm
I teach and I make 20.00 per hour. Not that great
but nothing to sneeze at either.  I teach community service classes (medical transcription, anatomy physiology and medical terminology) at a local college.
To start expect to make about $6 an hour - sm
If you are good, meaning not having to look up a billion things and a quick and accurate typist then you can make more, $16+ depending on the type of work you do. I am not a fast typist, though I do not have to look up much (except for address which slows me WAAAAAAY down), and I currently make about $12 an hour with 4 years experience. So this is no huge money maker. As you are only looking to supplement, you could probably expect to make an extra $30 a week to start, presuming you can find someone to take you on for so litte work. In time you may get that up to $60 a week, but still it is not a fortune.
but VR usually pays by the hour. A fast MT will make less $
Figure what you make per hour doing tapes
Depends - one account I make 40 an hour, other - s/m

I grunt it out to make 10 bucks an hour.  If I worked just the ER account, I would definitely make full time money for part time hours.

Durn second account.  :}

sorry...$28 per hour at 8 cents per line
I think it's better to work by the hour than the line.
By-the-line SOUNDS good, but there's no control over what accounts you'll get, or how accurate the line-counting software they have is, etc. You may start out on an easy account, but as you pick up speed on it and start to make money, they'll switch you to a harder one. And when you pick up speed on that one, you'll get another harder one. And so on and so on. Benefits probably won't be as good at home, either. The only thing that's better about home is not having to deal face-to-face with management. But at least you have the security of knowing your paycheck is going to be the same each time, and won't dwindle down to less-than-nothing if you have a bad day, or a bunch of bad dictators, or no work. And you mentioned a RAISE. That's something most of at-home people will never see in our careers with any company. The only way we seem to be able increase the cpl is if we change companies. But then you still end up on that treadmill of being given work that you may do well, but you can't make money doing. They get ya coming and going.
Do you have Triple-A?
You make 25-30 an hour by letting the editor do your job for you dumba$$!
You will get yours in the end sweetie. Having someone else do your job shows you are lazy!!
Even if they pass, how can they do the work? They will make pennies an hour and
Hospital MTs around my neck of the woods make $24 per hour +. sm
The jobs are out there, you have to find them.
I'd figure out an average I make per hour, and charge that. -nm
$3.40 in eastern NC. I just sat in line for an hour to get gas, and they had a $35 limit. nm