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

Posted By: does it take you to do it? on 2005-07-22
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Ask what the average line count per day is for the MTs there.
Ask if there is good tech support possibly also.
line count average
What would you say is the average line count per day on a 65 and 72 character count? Thanks
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How long on average (hours) does it take to type

I know it depends on lots of things such as difficulty, typing speed, expanders, etc.  Just looking for how many hours people have worked to get to 2000 lines.

How long on average does it take to type 30 min of dictation?
so what would average be per pay period on straight editing
On average, how many minutes do you type a day?

I am curious to know how many minutes on average does an MT type a day, by either digital or tapes.  And perhaps this is too personal, but how much do you earn weekly with those minutes.  I am also aware it depends on what city or state we live in, which can vary the salary earnings too.


I do enjoy my work as an IC, but feel that I do not make very much.  I cannot complain though, I have plenty of work, I just really wonder if I do not put enough time into typing per day, or perhaps I need to really consider raising my rates.      


Thank you.     


How long have you been transcribing? I average
1800 - 1900, but I have been doing this 30 years. It takes time to build up your speed. Be sure you are using every expansion you can.
I agree with the average as 0.08 to 0.85, however if you type 200/lph you will make much more than y
How long on average should it take to get up to speed on a new accout
for an experienced MT? I started a new company this week, 50-70% ESL and I have yet to make my lines. Im falling short by 200-300 a day. I find the software to be really slow and I think this has a lot to do with it. Not sure if it is their server or my PC that is making it so slow.
I remember hearing it should take the average MT twice as long

transcribe as it takes the physician to dictate.  So for 30 minutes of dictation, if you sat and transcribed without interruption, it should take about 60 minutes.  However, I believe that was a MTSO telling me that, soooooo 

Now years ago, probably in the mid 90s, I used to work for a hospital that tracked our productivity based on minutes a day versus lines.  The minimum requirement for that job was 90 minutes of dictation in a 7.5 hour day (they deducted 30 minutes for lunch and two 15-minute brakes which equals a 7.5 hour day).  So that kind of debunks the "30 minutes of dictation in 60 minutes" theory that the MTSO had.

I don't know if my ponderings have helped you at all, but there ya go! 

What is the average line/hour for a 65 character line with spaces? NM
What's the average pay? Do they pay you per line?

My first job was editing Radiology reports at a hospital... received hourly pay, though.

The only editing job I've seen at a national was at Focus Infomatics... 4 cpl yuck. Is that the norm?

Average per line pay?

I inherited a transcription job which is great.  It's not much work per week, but good for me.  I do it as an individual contractor. 

My question is what is the average per line wage?  I tried to research it, but couldn't find any definitive info.  I'm currently at 12 cents a line, but was considering asking for a raise now that I've been there over a year and before the current office manager leaves.

Any advice is appreciated!  Thanks!

What is the average pay per line for VR editing? nm
I did the math for you. It comes out to an average of $0.067/line...sm
30 lines x 0.067 = $2.01

It all depends on the length of the reports, the software they're using and also if they pay for links.

Be very careful if the reports are really long on average, you won't make much at all.
And if you average it out to 10 words a line, that's
average charge per line

Just starting out on my own and have been asked by a local chiropractor to handle his transcription.  I don't want to undercut other sub-contractors charges but don't want to quote too high either, especially being new.  How can I find out the average charge per line for chiro transcription?

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. 

what is the average line rate going ladies?
just wondering what you guys think the average is, I saw Accustat posting 7.5 per line
I usually average $25/hour paid by line so most places...

When is a word only 5 characters. I thought 7-10 was an average and 10 words a line? nm
Open up a few things in word and get the line counts for an average. Think it might be around 40
Line rate isn't the only factor -- your lines/hour average is key, too.
Even at 7 cpl, keeping about 275 lines/hour average keeps you at $19.25 an hour and that is $40,000 a year.

It is a myriad of factors involved. You have to have the knowledge, be decisive, self-sufficient and very focused. Then, you need to negotiate as high a base rate as you can and look toward the incentive plan to increase your paycheck.

With our incentive, it was not worth it if I couldn't hit high lines in a day. So, I changed my schedule to hit those lines.

I am tired after my work days but having the 4 days a week off and a good income makes it worth it for me. It allows me to spend my days off doing things I want to.

Average line rate including spaces these days for experienced MTs is
How long does it take to make decent line count?
I am considering joining an outsourcing company. Can you tell me how long it took you, as an experienced transcriptionist, to get up to snuff that you were making a decent wage? And what is your average rate per hour when paid by the line of 65 cpl?
You need to watch your line count. I was working for them and got reports that had line count of 0
You need to watch your line count. I was working for them and got reports that had line count of 0 in them. They did not pay for templates, they would deduct the template even if it was not used and deleted. I notified them and said they could not change it.

So I asked to be put on another account and they refused. I quit.

I was also promised they would have an incentive plan going into place if you type a certain # of lines. Two years went by and nothing.

I was really disappointed in OSI.

They also offered to pay half on joint AAMT, which they failed to do.

I am glad I am no longer there.
I  never heard double - I've been doing this almost 30 years and even back when the dictators were educated and spoke intelligently, it was not possible to do 1 min of dictation in 2 minutes.  I was always told the ratio was  3 or 4:1.  With some of these inarticulate dictators, and not just the ESL, it is probably more like 5 o 6:1 on my primary account.
on average....

How many reports do you type per day, lets say average being 5 min. per report or acute care hospital, which is what I do, and how many average do you send to QA? 

Per day I do on average about 35 reports, average 3 QA'd reports, rarely get one day without sending at least one, and on a really bad day I send around 6 to QA.  This is usually the worst of the worst, bad phone lines, very hurried/slurring/mumbling dictators, or the thick ESLs, and even listening to twice. 

I would say above the average.
Would definitely depend on the accounts and hours worked each day.   But 0.3 cpl would be a safe average.   
I average around 300-325 lph.
It depends on the account, the dictator, and the skill of the transcriptionist. I'm sure you are emphasizing quality over quantity at first. I can go fast because I almost never have to look anything up anymore. When I first started, I was much slower because I had to stop and verify what I was hearing. When I get a new doc for the first time, my production does go down to around 250 lph for awhile until I'm familiar with his/her style, preferred vocabulary, cadence, peculiarities, etc. I don't think students should be concerned about line count at first. Speed and productivity come with time, knowledge, and practice.
I average...
$45,000/year. MQ does offer fairly decent benefits, I think.
Above average MTs ....
should all consider editing, in my opinion. That seems to be where the more secure positions are. Larger MTSOs who outsource overseas need editors. (I don't agree with offshoring, but let's face it--it's not going to change either). MTSOs who are using VR need editors. That's not to say we, as editors, will not be replaced at some point, but it seems that our security will last a little longer than production-based MTs. We also must be willing to adapt with technology changes. Just a few short years ago we all went kicking and screaming fighting every step of the way when WP51 was replaced with MS Word. None of us likes change. All of us wish it could be the way it used to be. The sad fact is, it will never be the same. If we want to stay employed, we must learn to adapt with the changes.
What is the average IQ, if any one knows?
I would say about 300 lph is about average to
what I have done and what most QA folks tell me they do. That's why I would never work per line pay. You just cannot do everything and expect to earn money. As QA, you HAVE to do what is necessary to get that report right and feedback the MT. My conscience will not allow me to let something go by without checking it out if I see it looks wrong. I am paid $16.50 an hour. Our co goes by reports per hour BUT that is just a statistic and we all know that these things vary. Some days you will have more, some less. Your company sounds like most--that they are trying to get you to do more and you will be able to do it--it is my guess. I think about 300 is about right. You will get there. If you have just started QAing then it is my guess that it will take you a little longer to get over the "newness" of it, but you sound like you are doing things the right way. That speed will come though I have talked to some editors who say they can do 500 or 600 lph and I just do not see how when you have to do all we have to do. I question the integrity of those reports.
That's about average...
the MTSO's can't even bid a job at 12 anymore - get undercut. So IC prices tend to run about 7 to 8.5...of course, some lucky folks will post exceptions, but I still find that's about average
is it really? 800% above nat'l average?..sm

I hung out there in 1973, and while the *street* was always *the street* - where one has to be careful, like in any bigger city, I don't think it was that bad then. 

800% above, wow...

well, poverty WILL GET to people......sad.....

sad that we are one of the richest countries around and have so many in poverty, homeless (not by choice as ALL homeless don't necessarily choose to be homeless - rather catastrophic events lead some to that situation), and all the other BAD things we have got going on now in the 21st century here.

I'm terribly afraid we are becoming a third-world country and this is not a racist statement and I love all people of all colors, and to me it's all one people/one God no matter how ya pray or color of skin, but I think over-population yields all this stuff......and while there is open land in the country of the USA - the cities are OVER-BOGGED down, stretched beyond their limits....

I don't have the answers - I just ponder it all my entire life - all of these kinds of issues....

Stay safe....

MY average is about 265 lph. nm
for me, 140 min would be average
on acute care, with some not so-familiar accounts, for 7-1/2 hours. However, when i worked in the hospitals, with more cumbersome equipment/program, and interruptions, i only averaged about 60 min/day.
I don't believe this is average at all.
Here is a calculator formula

225 hr equal 1800 lines/day
9000 lines based on 5 days

6.42 pages/hour (35 lines/pg)
3.75 lines each minute
1.87 lines each 30 seconds.

This is NOT a typical aveage MT. There are too many variables like dictators who dictate attending live football games and WHISPERS.

This is a terrible way to make a living at 98% accuracy and dictator who take in one deep breath and see if they can do the whole report speaking as fast as they can before breath ends.

So you 6000 per week would be (5 days)
1200 lines a day
150 lines an hour
about 4.29 pg (based on 35 lintes per page.
2.5 lines per minute
1.25 lines each second
There is the BIG picture
on average, 17 here. nm
I average about the same; sometimes more, but never less than 600 lph. nm
I average
over 3000 per day VR and straight combined.
Everyone is different, but average would be
I average about 178. nm
Average cpl?
What is the average cpl that you charge?  A doc has contacted me wanting me to do some work but I have never had my own accounts and do not know how much is fair to charge.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.
The Average Seems to be
Four hours for 60 minutes of tape, so 8-10 hours for 2 tapes is not bad at all.  If you feel you're slow, convert it to lph and see how many lph you come up with .  You may be surprised!
What is the average CPL for
I hear lows and highs, but am wondering what the average or most common rate is for an experienced MT, say with 7+ years of experience and proficient in the basic 4.
Average it out

Figure up what you would be making for an average report by doing a line count on it.  This should give you an idea if $2.00 per report would be fair to you or not (I'll bet not). 

I personally would do it for a couple of days on each report, then compare to what I would earn with the current arrangement versus what I would earn with a per line charge.  It will probably be a jaw-dropping difference.

I average about
1900 - 2000

Tons of shortcuts and I don't move.
average 150-200 lph