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Per page rate for legal transcription - what should I charge?

Posted By: MTSO on 2005-09-13
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I have only done medical transcription and we charge by the line, not by the page. I have been approached about legal transcription work for template documents such as wills, estate planning, etc. I have been asked what I charge per page...I live in the Northeast/Connecticut area. Can anyone advise me what the current rate per page would be?

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Per page rate for legal transcription
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page charge

If they want it printed in that font fine but for charging change it back to your usual font and see how many pages there are if you are charging by the page.  I type in Arial 10 for several accounts or Times Roman and I always change it back to Courier 12 for my line counts.   Also change the margins to represent 65 characters in the line as they want less margins for chart notes.And they are aware of that when I quote my line charge.  If you agreed so much per page, tell them it was using the Courier 12 font or whatever font you usually use with your usual margins. 

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Charge them $5.00 per page

and then give it to them on a CD rom for their safe keeping. 

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Do what benefits you. Ask what font they would like to use, margins, etc.

The ultimate would be to charge per gross line.

IMEs are very boring and about 10 pages long for one patient. I hate them and don't do them.

Good luck!
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How would a person go about getting into legal transcription from medical transcription? Would you have to go to school for it or is there an easier way? 

Thanks in advance.

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Talked to my friend.  There are books for it too.  Not as hard as medical transcription! 

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I am so burned out on this MT stuff, with all the work going elsewhere, etc.  I also have an associates degree in legal but that was MANY years ago.  Any idea about some online class to take for refresher course, etc.  Is there any more work in the legal field than medical? 

I do not live anywhere near a community college to take classes so that is really not an option.  Anyone hear anything about being a scopist?  I did take a couple semesters for that some time ago, but maybe it has changed since then. 

Thanks for any information. 

legal transcription

I am so burned out on this MT stuff, with all the work going elsewhere, etc.  I also have an associates degree in legal but that was MANY years ago.  Any idea about some online class to take for refresher course, etc.  Is there any more work in the legal field than medical? 

I do not live anywhere near a community college to take classes so that is really not an option.  Anyone hear anything about being a scopist?  I did take a couple semesters for that some time ago, but maybe it has changed since then. 

Thanks for any information. 

Does anyone know of any legal transcription forums

I did legal transcription for about 10 years. The

divorce or something like that).  I just finished CareerStep's course in February, and I already have a job.  I do recommend taking some kind of medica transcription course.  While you may have developed your "ear" for transcription in general, there's a LOT you need to learn about medical language and procedures.

Good luck to you!

Online WAH legal transcription!
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I did legal transcription for 10 years befor MT. sm

I like them both.  Depends on what part of legal you do.  For example, I hated doing probate work. Booring!  Loved civil, criminal and domestic stuff though.

But court reports sound really great. That's something I could really enjoy.  Good luck.

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Charge 1 1/2 your normal rate.
If you normally charge 8 cpl for M-F work, charge 12 cpl for anything that is stat or weekend work.
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If they don't like it, then they'll get it right the first time.  I think 2.00 is fair since you have to pull it up, etc., and it is taking time out of your day. 

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I would charge an hourly rate in this situation.
Good luck.
I did legal transcription using the old vinyl belts. A LONG time ago. LOL
The going rate to charge a client for rad by an MTSO is in the $4.50 range.
Need to figure in what type of reports, etc. Never go below that - there is a lot of administrative work to do.
I charge 1.5 times my regular line rate.
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I was asked what I charge for picking up and dropping off. I don't want to quote too high a rate. I do, personally have a call-in dictation system they could use. I was thinking of charging 13 cents per line for the use of that, or 15 cents per line for paper and gas for drop off and pick up. I am in the Chicago area. Is that too high?

Thank you for your anticipated response.
You need to charge for this extra service. Stat reports should be charged at a higher rate or per r
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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.
need more info - what kind of transcription, geographic, charge for spaces, headers
Non-medical transcription rate.
Does anyone charge an hourly rate to do non-medical transcription? If so, could you please tell me how much? I just got a job offer to do non-medical transcription, but she wants me to give her an hourly rate. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
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. 

hourly rate for non-medical transcription

You asked about rates...I charge 125.00 per recorded hour of audio and have no problems getting work.

Charge what the credit card companies charge when they don't get paid on time!!!!
Doubt you can charge 15 cpl for VR work to the docs - you can't even charge them 12 for straight