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That still is not a paid line rate. If your base is $0.10 per line, it will be $0.08 cpl.

Posted By: VR Queen on 2005-09-01
In Reply to: Just got a letter in the mail from MQ stating that they will be paying 80% of our base rate for ASR. - MQMT

Considering other companies pay 4 or 5 cents per line for VR - you are still making out.

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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 much rather do ME, (that is, if it paid the same line rate) sm
Which it does not, so I guess I will be sticking with MT, at least until I don't have a choice.
Thanks, Mardi. My base rate is .085, so the most I am paid . . .
is .095 a line, whether it be 16,000 or 20,000 lines per pay period. I try to get 1800-2000 lines a day, or 9000-10,000 lines a week. This is for employee status, 1st shift, acute care, with 15+ years' experience.

I have seen so many job listings only requiring 5000-6000 lines a week and a line rate of .07-.09, and figured my .095/line was about average. If I can do better than this, please let me know!!!

I just assumed the low line requirements were due to the fact that anything more than that was impossible, whether it be due to ESL dictators, complicated platform, or just the lack of work. I would love to know of any MTSOs that can provide enough work for my production level with a better line rate. Thanks again!!
Gross line, also including blank lines because my line rate is so low. It all works out in the wash.
1) do you have a contract stating line counting and line rate,sm
if you look at the IRS website it's pretty clear what constitutes IC versus SE versus employee. You might want to photocopy that along with a copy of your contract with your next invoice and also put on the invoice any monies due from past invoices they "changed"...maybe catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Good luck!
Question about what is PAID for a line and what is BILLED for a line
Does the MTSO actually bill for headers, footers, and other things the transcriptionists are not paid for?  I worked for a company a while back and their copy of what each Transcriptionist typed the day before and our copy was a lot different, about 30% different.  Their copy was the billing copy. So, double their enhanced amount and subtract our 9 cents a line, it comes to a bigger profit than what I thought.   
I would go with the line rate. At less than 9.5 cents per line sm
I make $30 an hour.  I would never transcribe for $15 an hour, for anyone.
A gross line is anything on a line is a line. A line set at 65 characters means it sm
has 1-inch margins on each side. The maximum number of characters on that line would be 65 and that includes spaces. If there is 1 character on that line it is a line.

A standard 65-character line usually consists of 65 characters with spaces unless, of course, the employer does not pay for spaces and then it would be 65-characters without spaces.
Anything on the line makes up a line even if just one letter or number. Every line of print is a
Gross line = each line on page counts as a line, even if it's only 1 word. nm
How do I know what the line rate is, since it is the co's
Line rate - sm
If you do 250 lines per hour at 8 cpl, you would make $20. If you did 300 lines per hour, you would make $24. The platform and many other factors would determine how many lines per hour you could do. I would not expect to be offered much more than 8 cpl for radiology, if that. Good luck.
line rate P.S. - sm
I'm referring to employee status, not IC. You could probably get a little more per line being IC, but I'm not into IC status, so can't say for sure.
Rad line rate - sm
Depends on IC or employee...if employee, you'll be lucky to find 8 cpl, probably 7-7.5 cpl is average. Don't know about IC, but seems they don't offer much more than that anymore. Experience doesn't seem to play much of a role anymore either...seems they offer the same no matter how long you've been doing it. Good luck.
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I agree with Patti.  I also work at home and get many distractions but also have accounts that I make around $35 an hour. There is no way I could accurately log in and out on a time card and would also lose money. I am very accurate, as I proofread everything.  I like the line rate but agree that companies should pay a higher line rate to more experienced transcriptionists and should be more concerned with accuracy than they are.
line rate
does anyone know what Spheris pays per line or what the going rate is per line.
Is the line rate enough to
make ends meet? Do you have backup work in case their volume drops? Do you have the flexibility you need? These are all questions I would consider before doing IC.
Line rate

In my opinion, 9 to 10 cpl for clinic, 10 to 12 cpl for acute care.  These should even be higher if you have your own accounts (no middle man).   But like some said below, it all depends on the account and also the way the lines are counted.  I have over 12 years experience in all specialties and in acute care, and I have worked for 8 cpl as an IC and made more per hour than working for 11 cpl doing acute care.   The 8 cpl was all by templates and I could make many, many normals, averaging about 400+ lines per hour, plus it was easy work. 

Ask specific questions about the work, what kind of account, how many doctors, etc.  That in my opinion is more important.     


line rate sm
Oh boy, now I see a line rate advertised to the "buyer" for 7.9 cents. What are they paying their transcriptionists -- 5 cents?
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Hello.  I am applying for an MT job and I have 21 yrs of expereince.  They want to pay me 8 cents/line.  Is that the going rate?  It seems it should be more since I started 21 years ago getting 7 cents/line.
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i live in long island. new york!!!!!!!
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i am doing it more from boredom as i have my own accounts also that don't take much time and is not productive enough for what i am used to. it seems like it should be more to me too.
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I think it is pretty common knowledge what the average line rate is for nationals, etc.  Does anyone know what the national gets paid by the line?  I'm wondering because I may have the opportunity to work directly for a hospital without having to go through the middle man.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  I don't think they have much of a clue of what to charge either so I thought I would just see what an average might be?  Thanks.
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that is pretty low to start. Are you brandnew in the field? If no experience, it might be worth it just to gain some.
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I think going by gross line is a good way to go.
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I make 8-9 cpl per gross line, and that is with a middle man, so the docs are paying 12-13 cpl per gross line.

Location is definitely a factor in pricing, but in my case, one MTSO is across the country from me and the other is local. I think that is definitely a low rate for direct office contact.
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I would like to get my own accounts with doctors but I don't know what to charge. How do I figure out what to charge. Does it matter where I live and what specialties I do?

Line rate

I haven't found anything. What should I do a search for?

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I charge 15 cpl to my neurosurgeon, only because he takes too long to remit.  I do think I will offer a discount  like you within 3 days of receipt, of course.  But he has never balked at my rate.  I almost feel guilty charging this rate.
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When I started my new job with a national, I told them I would not take less than 9 cents per line for my 20+ years of experience, and they agreed. If we are foolish enough to say okay to the low rate, so much the better for them! I hope everyone listens to this poster because she is so right.
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What would be a reasonable line rate for dermatology. Current MT is charging .12 per line. I will be typing very short one or two paragraph letters with no progress notes. 

Also, I need a dermatology reference books - Any suggestions?


Per line rate

I see a lot of talk about line rates and MT's unhappy with their line rate they receive.  I would like some opinions.  We pay 8 cents per line and the line consists of 65 characters plus spaces.  This is exactly how we invoice our clients.  Is this a fair rate in your opinion?

ASR line rate?

Just started training in ASR and received line rate and LPH goal proposal.  I have no way of knowing if this is an acceptable rate or not.  My first imperssion is that they have basically cut the line rate in half for ASR work and are expecting twice the number of lines just to break even on ASR vs nonASR.  Goody, goody  Type twice the lines for half the pay.  Would appreciate any input on competitive ASR line rate and production goal number, i.e., lines per 8-hour shift.   

VR line rate
Could someone just throw out some numbers for me on a fair VR line rate?  I know the rate will vary greatly - just as it does for MTing and QAing.  We all know the nationals pay 8-10 cpl (hopefully on a 65 character line w/spaces) for MT work - and more often than not they just pay for the typed report and not for any ADT info - no headers/footers, signature lines, etc.  We probably can agree on QA rates - 3.5 seems to be the minimum acceptable and again on a 65 character line and while the company would like to believe you match 100% voice to typed word - it is possible to give a quick read and fill in the blanks - but only if you know the MT and know the dictator and this can be dangerous.  Can someone please PLEASE give me some indication of what VR pays?  Thanks so much! 
per line rate?
I have been working with the company I am with now for 4 years.  I have 10 years of MT experience.  I am wondering what I should be able to expect for pay per line?  What is an average or what are other people are getting paid?
We get a better line rate sm
overall for working more difficult accounts, and this includes heavy ESLs, but all work types. Bonuses for lph production. But nothing specifically for work types, just general level of skill. I've never seen anywhere that they adjust by work types (although I think they should).
I'd look for another job. With my line rate at
the number of lines you do a day I'd make $65,000+. 
Anyone know what the going rate per line is in NJ?

Line Rate

In my honest opinion 9 cpl is good for online work.  You would want to go higher if you had your own account though to cover your overhead especially if it required printing or delivering the work, other duties as required including bookkeeping.   

I think 8 cpl is acceptable though in a case where the dictators are good, and you can get good lines especially if it is for a national or MTSO.  However, I would expect a raise if you stick it out, are responsible, and are in essence making the MTSO money.  I hope this helps. 

Then you have the fact that an employee might not make as much as an IC per se because an employee is getting benefits as opposed to pay per line rate. 

Line Rate
I know it is not set by the state I just want to know what people are actually getting paid so I can get a feel for the industry average in Michigan. 
line rate in MI
I live in Michigan and get 9.5 cents per line. I am a subcontractor.
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I know, but what is the line rate you make?
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It is a simple question.  What line rate do you get?
what line rate do you get
As an IC what line rate do you get?
The line rate is so different...
At 0.03 a line, you'd have to edit 1500 lines a day to make $45.00 a day. At 0.08 a line (which should not be hard for you to get at 25 years experience), you could type 750 lines and make $60.00 a day. To me, the amount of work and the headache of VR is not worth it. With VR (depending on how good the dictator), an MT can end up totally re-writing the report anyway, and for 5 cents less than you could just type it in the first place.

I'm not a fast typist either, but I'll plug along at the typing over VR any day.
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Ditto on line rate - I earned 7.5 in 1994.... we all agree to band together and refuse. Currently at 10 and 12.... let's work on keeping it there!
help on line rate
What is the current average pay rate for a 65 CPL/line?
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I would say $.10 per line. At least keep up with the companies in India!!!!
Do we know what the going line rate

For acute care and for clinic?  I know it varies by region.  I used to know the going rate, 13 to 14 cpl in the early 90s.  I have had my own accounts since then and I really don't know where to set my rates anymore.  I don't want to price myself out of contracts by charging too much, but I also don't want to charge a lot less than everyone else.  I can't really ask my clients what other bids they receive because of course if it's more than i charge they aren't going to want to tell me they would pay me more.  I have been told by some that they have been unable to raise their rates because of competition from India.  My accounts are at 15 cpl now but if I can't go any higher than that i will never be able to increase pay for my subcontractors.  I'm just a small business but I'm feeling the crunch like everyone else.  I'm almost at the point of raising my rates and if they don't go for it I'll just figure it's not worth it anymore and i'll close up shop.

Just wondered if anyone knows what bigger services are charging these days.  The reason i used to know is I worked in a hospital transcription department so I would see the invoices that the transcription services sent along with the work.

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I'll give you gals a line rate that will turn everyone into cranky. When I was attending my local community college for coding and billing, my instructor mentioned MTing to me. She was getting paid (don't know how long ago - need to find out now) 22-24 cents a line at MQ.