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This is interesting...average number of vacation days around the world per year..

Posted By: anon on 2007-05-07
In Reply to: Vacation time - Burned out!

Italy 42 days
France 37 days
Germany 35 days
Brazil 34 days
United Kingdom 28 days
Canada 26 days
Korea 25 days
Japan 25 days
U.S. 13 days

We are crazy to work so hard!

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550-650 lph on average. Some days more, some days less. It all depends. nm
I need a Vacation. Not much money but need to get away 3-4 days.

On the cheap.  Fresh air.  Beautiful scenery.  Where oh where should I go? 

That's interesting since you have to have a social security number to pay taxes
you're full of it
Yeah. Sounds like you could use a vacation. Maybe a couple days? nm
nope, still crunching last few days of year to hit my 50k this year. how can you when you haven'
On vacation last year (sm)
two of the places I had reserved didn't have internet access as advertised. "Oh, our server is down and I think someone has called it in." The next time I went I purchased a wireless card and subscribed to Verizon broadband and had internet access when I needed it.
I posted a number of suggestions a few days ago...(nm)
Give it up and enjoy your vacation! They'll live w/o you for a few days.You're allowed! :) nm
Do you guys ever feel like just a number? Remember the good old days...
When if you had a problem, you could go straight to the manager and they'd take care of it right away, making you feel secure in your position and important?  When I talk to my supervisor, I feel like her main focus is to get off the phone with me asap, being very short with me, and quick to say she will get right on something when in fact she never does.  I just feel so remote and always worry about how long i'm going to have a job in the MT field because of how uncaring the supervisors are, not knowing us personally, not having a face to go along with the person, being able to yank us off an account we're comfortable with onto some ungodly thing where our line count goes down to zilch, and having NO control over it.  I was never one to work around people because of all the backstabbing that goes on with women in the office, but I would love to have a home office to report to periodically throughout the year, and maybe work in-house a couple times a month, just to put a face with people and not feel like a number that would be easy to dispose of. 
Average 8-9 on heavy days.

Tuesday is my biggest day and it is a 9 hour day that includes an hour for pick-up and deliveries.  But that is with 5 doctors, and two do heavy consults/letters/ops from Monday.  I usually get abut 200 to 250 minutes and it takes me about 8 hours to do it.  But I do in shifts, 10 to 1, off for an hour for lunch/walk then 2 to 5 and then 7 to 9 or else get up at 5 in the morning to finish and print and delivery at 9.   Monday can be the same depending on that they "catch up on over the weekend". But Wed/Thurs is 6 hours and Friday or if I chose to do on Sunday is only 4.  Again my accounts have been with me for 5 to 18 years --oops just had one start last November but they are pretty good dictators and I can just move right along.  But I do take frequent breaks and am able to work the hours that are the most productive for my body which does include usually early morning hours -- 5 to 8.  But that is me and that is the advantage of having my own accounts.  

Average line rate including spaces these days for experienced MTs is
That's interesting. What is the schedule like for all year?
$20,000 is what, the average of one transcriptionist's salary for the year?

Meanwhile, MQ had revenue of $486.2 million in 2002, and MQ's top six people earned over $2 million between them that year.  I don't have time to find more current data, but $20,000 is peanuts to that company.  Oh, that means the average MQMT works for peanuts.  Ironic, isn't it?



My 5-year-old goes to the sitter 3 days a week....sm
4 if I need her to.  The 1-2 days she's home I have lots of arts and craft things for her to do and she'll play with her toys.  I do take frequent breaks to check on her when she's here.   She is allowed to watch TV 2 hours a day so she'll usually pop in a movie while I'm working or watch PBS.
If U R making 40-45K/year for working half-days,
Something doesn't add up.
I assume you are assigned number much like a license number that can be verified through the AAMT.

Beyond that, I have no idea.

Oh golly, take the kids on a vacation later. They need this vacation alone Sm

and there is not one thing on earth wrong about their taking it.


What average line count do you type per pay period. what is considered above average and how long

how long, on average, average a knee replacement would one be on Oxycontin?(sm)
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Gold touch makes a keyboard without number pad. Also the evoluent keyboard has the number pad on th
It is a very small keyboard and has laptop keys which are very quiet and light to the touch.  Almost no noise.
OKAY! I need a vacation. Frank and fans of Frank/MQ who won the Hawaiian vacation?
Does anyone know? 
30 hours divided by four days equals seven-hour days. Most of us have to work pretty much every day
Working 6/hour days, 5 days/week I make
$42,000.00, but the work is there to make more if I want to.  I'm in the southeast. 
2000 low days, 4000 busy days
Did 43,000 lines last month.   6 doctors. 
You can "make a living" if you work 16-hr days, 7 days
and if you rarely buy anything but food and the barest essentials in clothing. My balancing act is so precarious that all it'll take is one of life's little disasters (rent increase, sick pet, major car repair) to pull the rug out from under me. Not a good feeling at all.
How? By working 12-hr days 7 days/week?
I didn't find an 800 number, but I did find this number...
1 650-253-0000

Mine are in year-round thank goodness! They've started their new year 2 months ago.
Union diesil mechanic - good pay, great benefits. We swap year to year on who brings home more sm
money.....but I am an IC and he has all the benefits...health insurance/dental that the company pays for, pension plan, 401k, etc.  Factor all of that in and he makes way more than I do.
to cowgirl - Last I knew, last year the job paid $25,000/year no taxes, etc.
The hospital was bombed about a year ago, but not a lot of damage, very minimal damage.
44-year-old WF, M, Texas, 3 grown kids, just had 26 year wedding anv.
Nothing this year. We ALWAYS got a cool surprise in the past, but this year nothing. :-( nm
After I went to a 1-year MT course at a vocational school, it was so bad that I did the 2-year colle
Not only did I finally receive the proper training, but the woman on the advisory board hired and mentored me. I also joined the local AAMT and networked. Good luck. I know how frustrating it can be. A community college will have a good program to include medical language, MT courses taught by local MTSOs, business English, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, etc.
Is it possible that everyone was on vacation
due to the holiday?  Also, you do need to be pretty aggressive if you really want the job.  Call them, don't just email.  Show them that not only are you experience, but you're also interested in working for them.
Find where you want to go and look for an Embassy Suites.  They seem like a little more cash, but it includes a happy hours at night with free drinks and snacks and an excellent free breakfast in the morning.  They have a pool and 2 rooms with a fridge and sink.  This is great if you have kids and actually pretty economical.  We have stayed in several different ones around the country and my husband won't stay anywhere else.
Try Transolutions! They pay vacation time to part time, I believe, over 20 hours -- have to check my employee manual. They also give yearly bonuses on anniversaries and have numerous incentives for overtime. Very professional company. I switched from MQ, best decision I made in 20+ years of MT'ing!
What's a vacation????
It's been so long since I have had one, I can't remember what one is.  I am too busy working and trying to survive.
We just got back from California and Las Vegas. Didn't care much for Disneyland, but the Disneyland California Adventure and Universal Studios Park were great! My son is 13 and my girls are 10, and they all loved the trip!
What's a vacation?

I would just like some time off to get caught up on everything around the house.  I am so overwhelmed by it all right now.  The clutter is piling up again.  The garden has been ripening before my eyes, so everything needs to be picked and put up for winter.  Instead, I've been giving it away because I don't have time to deal with it.  We're building an addition to give me my own private office, so I spend my weekends at the hardware store, holding boards, and cooking for our construction helpers.

As for money, I stash money from selling stuff on ebay and from a little side job in my checking account to have a cushion in there.  I need to get more stuff listed on ebay because I just bought a new computer, which has been sitting behind me still in boxes for nearly two weeks now.  What's that saying?  The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.

At least I have a messy house to gripe about, right?


I started doing this three years ago when I got divorced and at first it was only change in a jar, then I would add $5 out of every paycheck from my accounts, then it was $10 a paycheck (have 4 accounts).  This was hard as I was going through a very expensive nmasty divorce but I did it. So I wouldn't spend it when I deposited my checks I would buy a roll of quarters or dimes and put it in my change jar.  This year I was actually able to start putting aside more and I took my 17 year old nephew with me to San Francisco for 5 nights, 6 days, all paid with my little slow savings.   My accounts are good to me and let me know ahead when they will be on vacation and so I was able to plan it when three out of six docs were gone so I would have missed out on that money anyway.  The other three held the dictation until I came back and gave me a week to get caught up.   But you can do it, just gotta plan.  I did work many extra hours before and after though but it was worth it and the vacation was paid in full, no credit card bills coming in. 

You need a vacation ALONE.
I've taken those occassionally. You fend for yourselves, I'm outta here for a week. Go visit family or friends that live away. Totally enjoy yourself. Maybe if you blow up before they leave and tell them why you're going, you won't come back to an even bigger mess. Best of luck.

If you visit family or friends you can always take your computer with you and have a working vacation. Thank God for a job that travels with me!
On vacation

Hi, I'm a beginner home based MT.  I'm gonna be out of town for 2 weeks and was just wondering if anybody would know if I have to notify anybody about my absence?  Thx for the reply.

Vacation, what's that?

Vacation? What's that?
What's a vacation?

Any Vacation?
Do the kids get any type of vacation? Around here I think they get too much time off in between and then two months of summer vacation on top of that.
Vacation Pay

I am thinking about quitting my job with a national but wondered about sick/personal/vacation time that I have earned.  Does anyone know if any or all of this will be paid with my last paycheck, as I have almost 150 hours coming.  Is this different from one company to the next, or are there federal or state laws that govern this?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

I used a lap top on vacation -
I went to the local library and got horrible reception and was so slow I could not work. I ended up having internet installed at my father-in-law's home for the 2 weeks I was there.
There never was a Hawaiian vacation!!
Frank just told us he was giving away Hawaiian vacation to pacify us for the chapstick/keyring we got for MT week. 
Can I come live with you? We need a vacation! LOL

We like to ski, swim and golf.

Or did somebody or on vacation, or did somebody get sick, or