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Sounds amazingly stressful. I'll stick to my 1200 lines a day, thanks. nm

Posted By: Not gonna be a machine! nm on 2007-01-31
In Reply to: Doubts of 3,000 lines per day?? - sm


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Sounds good to me! I'll take it. Unless their lines are skewed.
1200 lines per day.
Need to type 1200 lines on new

I just started new job about a week ago.  I need to type 1200 lines/ day to reach my income goal.  How long does it usually take to reach this amount of lines?  I can't seem to find a comfortable routine.  I want to work nights but no luck with that.  I am straining too much to see the work because the eyes are just too tired by the end of the day and day time is full of interruptions.  Thought about splitting it up with 4 hours in the day and 4 hours at night.  Anyone heard of doing this? Any other suggestions?  I have an Expander but I haven't put all of the shortcuts in yet.

thanks for input.

well, some newbies are getting 5-6 cpl; so, 1200 lines day = $16,000
Hours per 1200 lines

Just want to get some feedback on how long it takes to do 1200 lines.  I did clinic notes and was an IC for four years and work on and off throughout the day, so I really never had to work straight through the day to produce.  I am now going to do acute care-hospital work minus lab and radiology reports.  I have about four years experience.


Diff between 1200 lines/day with MQ vs Spheris:
If you type 1200 lines a day for 5 days of the week with each company, here is the incentive difference:

MQ: Incentive would be $0.
S: Incentive would be $24.

That is for the entire week.
How long does it take you to type 1200 lines?

On a normal good day it takes me about 5 hours, somedays I just can't stay focused so it takes longer.  I'm still debating about getting an Expander so just wanted to see how long it took people on average. 

Most expect 1200 lines a day, but I think I've seen 1100.
How hard that is depends mostly on work availability and how good the platform is.
1200 lines should be a given. You could be making superb money!
Our department does 1200+ reports a day. They average 11 lines. nm
This is for 2-3 line normal chests to MRIs. They look longer, but if you take 65 characters with spaces, you will be surpised. Here's an example:


INDICATION: Chest pain.

FINDINGS: Heart size within normal limits. Lungs are clear.

IMPRESSION: Normal chest.

This is 116 characters with spaces, which is 3 lines (if you round up - actually 2.55 lines). If by the line, you would make $0.30.

Something to think about.

Do the same with an MRI of the knee. Copy and paste it into word and count it. A very long one I had was only 15 lines.
I have more than paid for VR. I achieve 1200 lines in 3 hours. No need to hate sm
the MT to use technology to its full capability. Do you think a company cares if you type everything no. The bottom line is you have to get you line count.
I can do 1200 lines in 5 hours so with 2 full time jobs
I work on average of 9-10 hours a day.  When I sit down to work, I do not do anything but work.  I do not surf the net, etc.   Also, I am single and I live for my weekends so during the week I work hard.  I also have 2 kids so most of my work is done during their day at school and after they are in bed for the night.  I have a ton of short cuts in my Expander program too.  If I type something twice, I come up with a short cut for it.  Its not that hard.  I would try the one full time and one part time and see how your time is first and if it is okay, then I would bump it up gradually.  You don't want to burn yourself out but if you can do it and you have good accounts, go for it!!!!
thanks for the heads up..i'll stick with MPI
I have 17 years acute care experience and don't make 1200 lines in 6 hours. sm
I work for a company that is VERY picky about their work, 100% QA everything.  I have been with them over a year, and have to go back and listen to my work a second time while proofing.  I only make 160-170 lines an hour, but the pay is good for that, and I have learned so much in the year that I can go to work anywhere without problems.  For me it is worth the extra time to put in the few extra hours a week to have really top QA.  There is room for all types in this business, the really fast ones, and the slower ones who work differently, you just have to find your place.  Ideally, we should all type 200 lines an hour and have 99%+ QA, but I don't thank too many of us make it.  Good luck to you.
She'll be lucky to get regular OT, never mind double. For big bucks, she should stick w/hosp. wor

I watched it all unfold on television.  I "just happened" to get up early that morning (I was on Pacific Time so it was before 6 AM) and watched it on TV.  I exercised and got ready for work with the TV volume turned way up so I could listen.

When I drove to work, I listened on the radio.  I was driving and listening and I happened to look at my speedometer.  I was going 50 MPH.  But so was everyone else.  EVERYONE was going 50 mph on a main freeway in LOS ANGELES.  Without any traffic so to speak.  I usually would be doing 70 or 80 w/o traffic.  But we were all going 50.  All listening (I'm sure of it) to the radio, trying to make some sense of it all.

Five years later.....there is still no sense to it.

God Bless the survivors, the families, the country.

My daughter recently moved to Jersey City.  She says everyone she meets and talks to mentions the Twin Towers. Some still cry when they mention it.  Her landlord pointed to a spot in the sky where, he said, you used to be able to see the Twin Towers...and his wife started crying.

I'll tell you what this sounds like to me ...
it sounds like a foreigner who is coming on here to provoke more problems amongst the MTs, to keep us bickering with each other, possibly to cause problems for MQ and/or other companies in an effort to influence workloads being transferred outside the U.S.

That is what this sounds like to me. It is not even poor grammar but inappropriate grammar and punctuation. It reads like a foreigner.

I don't buy this for one minute. This is NOT an American MT.

With an expander, you'll do more lines in that amount
and let's not forget cherrypicking! That'll boost your lines way up nm

I'll bet she meant that's how long the lines are before it returns. nm
I'll consider it--that sounds good and low tech, lol--NM
Wow, sounds like you are very deeply involved with AAMT. Nah, I'll take


Sounds like just where you work. Most places don't check so tightly on the lines produced AND you
what is most stressful
for me is running out of work and boredom????  Of course running out of work does not provide a persistent income.  How do any of you deal with those issues??  Thanks! 
Is way too stressful for me. Been at it for 20 plus years.
If you're job is that stressful and you are
prepared to make a little less if it came to that then my dear you have nothing to lose by checking out other companies.

Just be up front with them and let them know you already have prior commitments and will need time off in December. If they really want you, they'll accommodate your needs.

Good luck!
MTing does not have to be stressful
Just choose to not let it get to you. Let your employer know what you are willing to do, whether or not you wish to do overtime....then just stick to it. Don't let the begging for OT bother you. You are working what you agreed to and when the day is done....leave it.

The only time I work OT is when my company has given me some kind of flexibility. Like over the Summer they let me flex my schedule a bit to drive my daughter to a day camp. So when my account got in a huge backlog I worked extra. Otherwise they know what I have signed on for.

I love MTing. I love working at home. I wouldn't go back to working in an office or hospital for ANYTHING. No thank you. Been there done that.

I hope you find what you are looking for.
Really more stressful than MT'ing? nm

I don't think MT is a stressful career field either.
I work maybe 20 hours a week versus 50+ at my former job.  I'm home all the time instead of commuting and traveling.  My house is clean and has become my haven instead of just a place to sleep and shower.  I do volunteer work that's very fulfilling.  I have time for hobbies where I used to spend all my weekends playing catch up on housework, yard work, family obligations, and paying bills.  Only you can decide what you'll put up with in your job and in your life.  If it's too stressful, find a way to reduce your stress.
How stressful this situation is. Why I work 10-11 hrs a day with a side job.
Time to switch careers. I did and life is much less stressful.
1200 lpd for me nm
I have an SX 1200 APC www.apc.com
Our power frequently goes off briefly when there's a storm nearby, even if it isn't storming here. The backup has been really helpful.
most MTs I know do about 1000-1200 lpd
It took me 2 weeks to get to 1200.
It ought to be nice at $300-1200 a night....sm
We just went to Disney for vacation for a week and stayed at one of the All American resorts there - and the price package was 1/3 of the Polynesian.
typically 1000-1200 /d nm
What would you make in incentive doing 1200 lpd?

With MQ's new plan in January:   $0 incentive on 1200 lines/day.

Spheris:  1200 lines a day = $24 a week incentive.

What about where YOU work?!!


One oil exec made $1200 PER SECOND during Jun/Jul/Aug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That may be the AMERICAN way, but I'm steaming when there are people out there who can't get medicine, have no place to live, when America is paying disabled people pennies to live on in a month, and children don't have decent schools, teachers, or buildings to stay in.

And I'm not finished here!

The /act/ put on by our congressmen and women yesterday turned my stomach.  It was totally a PRODUCTION.........but I hope they don't think they fooled anybody.  Why did they even bother wasting my time and theirs.

The oil companies didn't even get a slap on the wrist.

I'm sick of off shore companies getting a safe haven to do their work and oil companies being allowed to suck what little dollars we have left in our billfolds OUT......while they are making $1200 A SECOND!!!!!! THAT IS PER SECOND people!.  That is obscene.  WE ARE AT WAR HERE......we are all making concessions......and our children are getting killed over there. 

When is the insanity AGAINST the American worker going to end?

My minimum is around 1200/day which isn't that hard to get. -nm
Mine is 1200 too, and i think its hard.
i usually just barely get it by 6 hours... how long does it take you?
$130/month ... $30 of it is cable ... 1200 sf
I hate to spend money on utilities, lol.

between 1000 and 1200/day in 5 hours. VR and
straight typing. Depends on work type and account.
I can do approximately 1200-1300 per day...
When I am in the "zone" I can get 1400-1500.
I usually average 1200 in 6 hours. But
I end up surfing the net and take a bathroom break every 2 hours, so it ends up being around 1K. I should be doing better, but some days are so boring on I am here way too much, when I should be typing.
1200 is the minimum at most places for
full-time. Personally I transcribe anywhere from 1700 to 2000 lines in an 8-hour day.
Clarification: 1200 lpd x 5 days/week...
1200 lpd x 5 days/week =
MQ: $0 incentive
Spheris: $24 incentive/week

I think the average is 1200 lpd for full time
1200 to 1600 on good days (nm)
I worked 2 hrs 35 last Saturday and got my 1200 for the 8-hour day sm
Had the same epiphany. End result? I have worked 72 the past 2 weeks (not quite 80, not till tomorrow). How much money have I made? $2000 at 8.5 cpl SO FAR, I have to work tomorrow.
Where I work requires average of 1200
lines per day for a 2-week period.