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Working at Home/Getting Paid Hourly

Posted By: MT12YRS on 2006-01-31
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I sent in this info to an MT head hunter:

I am looking for a work-at-home MT position that is employee-based, not independent contractor, paying hourly instead of per line or per page, where I could work Tuesday through Friday, 32 hours a week, no weekends, no nights or holidays.

I was told this was a "TALL ORDER," and that I would never be able to find it.  I don't think that I am asking for too much, and that there has to be an MT company out there that is willing to pay highly skilled and experienced MTs what they are worth.  I know there are plenty of MTs out there who say, "Oh, if you work hard enough, you can make just as much per line as by hour,"   but it's been my experience, having worked three MT jobs from home, that that would entail cranking out btetween 1,500-2,000 lines per day...provided there is work available and provided you are getting paid more than 0.12 per line  I've been working 12 YEARS as an MT, but most companies still want to pay me between 0.05-0.12 cents per line.  FIVE CENTS A LINE FOR AN MT WITH 12 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS.  What is wrong with this picture???????? 

If there is a company willing to pay an experienced MT at least $16+ per hour to work at home, please e-mail me!

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Re: Working At Home/Getting Paid Hourly
Perhaps. Don't get me wrong, I like where I work and how much I'm making, and this company acdtually has two MTs working at home; however, they are not offering this option to any other MTs at this time, if ever. The at-home MTs from this company are getting paid per hour and have full benefits, but that's only because they've been working in-house at the company for many years. *Sigh*....
Working at Home/Getting Paid Hourly
Sounds like nice work if ya can get it. :) I wouldn't mind picking up tapes, provided that the pick up/drop-off site wasn't too far.
Working at Home/Getting Paid Hourly
THAT SUCKS. You should be making FAR more than 9 cents a line. UGH. And there are still companies offering experienced MTs 5 cents a line.
I get paid hourly and I work at home
They expect me to work 7-1/2 hours a day and I do, but they do let me spread it out over the course of the day. I work four hours in the morning, two in the afternoon and the other one and a half in the evening. I can leave and go to an appointment and make that time up in the evenings also. But then again, when I don't have any work I still get paid.
Hospital job is "work-at-home" paid hourly
Thank you for well wishes.
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.
If you could get paid hourly...sm
If you could get paid hourly, no incentive, just straight pay, what would you want to get paid?  We are in transition right now where I work and we are trying to come up with a new pay scale and one of the possibilities is no incentive, just straight hourly pay.  What do you think would be a reasonable hourly rate to suggest?  Thanks!
If you are paid hourly, you obviously are not an IC. sm
As a regular employee, you may have to keep strict hours. This is just part of the package. Sometimes you can find a company that will allow you to flex your schedule as an employee, but most will not.

Only working as an independent contractor can you have true flexibility. In my experience, an employer can ask you to set the hours you will be working, but if you have to work other hours instead, the company has no control over this. All they can do is not give you any more work. That is the limit of their control. There are companies that try to enforce hours on their ICs, but this is not legal.

You should look for a job as an IC, if you want true flexibility. However, be aware that there will usually be no benefits such as insurance, vacation, etc.

If someone else has a different experience as an IC, hopefully they will let us know. Good luck to you.
I think most QA are paid hourly. nm
Anyone paid hourly?
I've been doing transcription for about a year and a half.  I do radiology work and love it.  The company I work for will only pay hourly for radiology.  The only way to get paid production is to do clinic work (not my favorite).  My pay is terribly low - only $8.50!  I was wondering what others are paid when paid hourly.  Also, if you can suggest any good companies to do radiology work for I would appreciate that.
Since you are paid hourly,

I'm not so sure a raise would be in order.  If you are working OT, you should be getting OT wages and fairly compensated.

Setting up templates and such is a good skill, but lots of regular secretaries can do that who can't do transcription, so maybe you are actually being overpaid if you are getting a transcriptionist's hourly wage for secretarial work. 

It is good that you are willing to be flexible and take on a different project, but I'm not sure if you should get a raise for that.  Maybe a bonus, but not a raise. 

paid hourly isn't much better
I've been at my current editing job for 3 years and I've always been paid hourly, but I only get paid for the hours spent actually editing. I don't get paid to download any of the voice files that I must have in order to do my job. If my boss needs me to look up an old file and send it to her, I don't get paid for that. If she wants me to give feedback on how a Transcriptionist is doing - that's on my own time as well.

On my invoices, I have to break each day's time down by how much was spent on which doctor's editing -- I can't include anything else.
Paid production/hourly

To those of you who are paid production (other than MQ) - are you limited to working 39 hours a week? I don't understand being paid by the line, yet being treated as an hourly worker. Just curious as to whether this is the norm at other places. 

are you paid by production or hourly?
Are there any hourly paid jobs as an MT?
I was wondering if anyone knew of a company that paid hourly pay.  I am kind of getting tired of grinding my fingers to the bone to make a living .  Thanks for your help. sm
Are you paid hourly? If so, I'm surprised they allow you to work with such little ones.
I get paid hourly $18.00. The hospital I work at don't believe sm
in production because of the error rate, blanks, etc. just to make money. I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy.
That's harsh. Hardly anybody is paid hourly in this field
It's all production pay. It's not theft to get your line quota in and knock off for the day. Why should the fast ones be penalized for being good? Why should they have to do more work than the others? You can't fire somebody for meeting their contracted production in a timely manner.
then you should be paid hourly somewhere and leave the lines to those
who take it more seriously. I used to do it in 6 hours...six straight. you can call that two 2 hour breaks daily - I called it done for the day early. and I did not do it sitting in diapers with a straw from my mouth to the frig, I stretched the legs as often as necessary.

Guess what? Every day I pushed myself, when I relaxed back to my normal 'comfortable pace' again, I found my line counts had increased! That much more just got easy and I just gave myself a raise.

normals? of course. shortcuts? a ton.
What to you think mass production is? Keeps the QA soores high, too. If you knew your stuff outside of terminology, you would know it is a waxing/waning speed the whole time, and you would know how to utilize the software and platforms to max. Those little games pay off to your advantage come payday. Sit and type? Not by your standards or definition. They really need to cover this in the schools.

If you do not want to work on yourself, then you need to be hourly somewhere because you won't be able to handle it. In production, it is your type of woe-is-me I'm just the messenger stance that tends to get get in our way when turnaround slips.

And that, my friend, is why overhiring was created. The same ones that would or could not pull their weight - would or could not pitch in extra to keep the darn account in contract.

I wouldn't knock those to think of it as more than a second income but a living, and regard themselves as more than a secretary but a professional. Oh, and what makes you think we DON'T have lives? We manage quite well - ALL OF IT.

Depends on whether you are paid hourly or on production.

If you are paid on production, then I wouldn't even spend five minutes researching a physicians name because it's the MTSOs responsibility to make sure have up to date physician lists available to you.  Nothing irks me more than starting a new job with an MTSO who expects you to hit the ground running, but gives you very little to start with!

If you are paid hourly, then I would spend up to 10 minutes trying to figure something out.

How did you count lines before the PC, or were you paid hourly then? nm

Nope. We get paid production too. Unfortunately, hourly QA is out the door.
They are fewer and farther between than you could imagine. AND, for those of us who have been fortunate enough to be paid production (I'm one of the unfortunate CBay editors who was fired just before Christmas.)
QA, $3000/mo hourly so get some overtime too, bennies paid, no complaints. nm
When paid hourly, we still had a minimum daily line count
We paid hourly with incentive for high production. So she's making money when she's just
sitting there.  I don't know if it is a habit or not because this is the first time I've really had to work with her for any length of time.  I usually only work a couple of hours a day with her when our shifts overlap.  I think I'm definitely going to ask the girl I'm filling in for what she thinks about her.
Paid hourly, req'd 1000 lines, anything over 1101 was 0.04 cents a line


You're expected quota depends on whether you are paid hourly or per line. SM

I'm paid hourly and I was told the requirement was 50 or more reports per day.  I've never worked QA per line, but I'm sure their line quota is pretty high, at least 2000 or better per day, as you get credit for every line in every report you QA.

Hope this was the answer you were looking for.

My kids have suffered greatly from me working at home with them home. SM
I have been working at home as an MT since my two kids were born. They are now 4 and 5. In the first few years, I had no help whatsoever. Their father was a bum who didnt work or take care of them while I worked. Your children get neglected while you work basically. And babies and young children desperately need your attention while they are home with you.

My kids have so many behavioral problems right now because of their neglect. I would try to set them up with things to occupy themselves, like coloring or a movie, etc.

I finally put them in day care and things have improved, but there are still a lot of issues because of the damage that was done. They still try to seek attention by doing bad things and they dont listen to me because they are so used to me letting them get away with a lot of stuff because I was too busy typing to discipline them in their early years.

If I could do it all over again, I would definitely have put them into day care from the very beginning.

My advice would be to seek PT care for your baby. Maybe you can do some work around her schedule a little when she is home, like when she takes a nap, and then bang out a bunch of work while she is in day care.

For pay? Ad search shows 7-10 cpl with and without spaces. No hourly pay for at-home MT
If you are working at an hourly rate in a hospital setting, then you are
going to be in for a shock when you go to production rates. Most of the in-house positions were farmed out years ago. If you were lucky to secure an in-house position for this long, consider yourself blessed.
I work four 8 hr shifts, home based for hospital.. hourly plus incentive.
Any hospitals/clinics hiring home-based employees on an hourly basis? TIA


working IN A HOSPITAL is different than working at home.
Someone can steal you identity from the internet if they want to. Why would you go to the time and trouble to jeopardize a job that requires some level of skill to steal someone's identity or medical records? You could get a job as a retail clerk and get info easier than going through the testing required to become an MT.
Somehow working at home translates into not really working
My in-laws are the worst. Whenever they plan something last minute and my husband says that I had to work, they say, "but she works at home!". When I one time mentioned I had a "schedule" and basically punch a clock and work full time, I don't think they believed me. They will sometimes call mid-day during the week if they are in the area to see if I want to go for lunch, etc! The best is, my husband doesn't make all that much money, so where is it coming from, the money fairy? I am ready to strangle someone! So I know how you feel and I'm sorry it upset you. You are not alone.
Doesn't matter, IF you are not paid an hourly wage, i.e. a set amount no matter - sm
how much or how little you type, say $12.00/hour, you do not get OT. As someone mentioned here, certain jobs are exempt, and as most of us are paid a flat rate of .08 cpl or .09 or .10, whatever it is, that is all we get regardless of how many hours under or over 40 hours we go. If you want OT then go get an in-house job or get a job doing something else.
Attn: At Home MTs; How do you get paid?
Hey Everyone,

I'm new to the board but not to MT. I used to work as a secretary/MT for a doctor in my hometown. However since having my baby I want to work from home. I've already got my headset and pedal ready and my former boss promised to send a little work my way. I was wondering how do your clients pay at home Mts? via credit? online? thanks so much!


proud new mom
I'm lucky because my home's a/c is paid...nm

How exactly are coders from home paid?
I always wondered how this worked. Thanks!
Working for 9 cpl, not paid for spaces
Does anybody else think this is not good?  Working same account I used to do paid for spaces and working harder for same pay.  Thinking of moving on.
I was just wondering if on-site MTs get paid more than at-home MTs?
I am just curious if MTs that work at hospitals make more since they would probably get paid per hour as opposed to cents per lines for a transcription company.  TIA!
Rates for working, paid more for stat?
Maybe others but I think mine are probably the average, 8 cents per line for straight and 4 cents per line for VR. My standard 4 are considered history and physicals, operative notes, discharge summaries and consults. A transfer, I think, would be a discharge summary. No extra pay for experience or lack thereof.
My DH paid every dime of his bachelor's degree working....
36 hours a week and going to school.  How did he do it?  He didn't get involved in serious relationships because knee he would get sidetracked and wouldn't have the time to devote to school.  It also helped that he lived in California where state college tuition is reasonable.  For his master's degree, he borrowed the money from  his father (only about 4,000) and paid every cent back right away (this was after we were married and had 2 kids). 
Not a good deal! I get paid 20/hr employee for working with new MTs
I am a very social person and I entered this job at home because it paid more money
than the jobs in the office and I was a single parent. I just learned to balance my life outside the work environment with things that did allow me to use my social skills
I do radiology now, paid by the hour, work from home, can it get any easier than that?

Working from home
When I get all the nosey/rude comments about working from home, I gave up justifying it and only now say..."It works for me, I don't even have to get dressed and can make a ton of money working from by bedroom, using all the high tech equipment that allows me to do so"..leaves it up for interpretation and usually shut's them up
working from home!

I've been working from home since it was first allowed, can't really remember the exact year, but for sure no later than 1984.  My family has always said, "get a real job", "why are you stuck at home, go work at an office where you can be around people", and on and on and on and on, ad infinitum!!!  I don't really have "friends" anyway because I've always been a hermit.  But guess what, now the only members of my family left alive are my brother and my sister and they STILL say I should get a real job!!  I just give them a disgusted look and say "yeah....I really want to have to deal with traffic jams, proper clothing regulations, no smoking rules, break time rules, punching in an out....does that seem to fit my personality???"  Of course they say, "well I can see your point".  However that does not keep them from saying it again some time later.  Guess it is never ending, so just ignore it and laugh at them.  That is all it deserves is a good laugh!!!  Quite honestly, I think they are jelous.   


MT working at home
Ihave to tell you that in order to do MT work you have to really LOVE the job because of the long hours and the amount of research that you need to do on the reports. I am not trying to discourage you, as I was in your position not that long ago, but 'ya gotta love this job. Otherwise, there is no way to succeed. You won't make millions, and chances are you will make a pittance, but if you are enjoying it, then that is the best way to go into this.

I wish you much luck.

Working from home --

I thought that could only be done working inhouse. Thanks.

Working at home

To make at least $15.00 an hour at home, a person would need to transcribe 150 lines per hour and be paid .10 cpl.  This comes with experience but you have to find the right company.

I am in a small rural hospital and I know our Transcriptionist does not get $15.00 an hour.

working at home
Definitely pros and cons to working at home. I consider myself a sociable person and feel hemmed in sometimes as well, even tho I have hubby, 3 kids and 2 dogs. I have done MT on the outside and it's nice to go and be with others doing the same thing, (it's great to have someone there to do "a listen" when stuck on something difficult) PLUS I also miss company potlucks, birthday celebrations, gossip (he he) and other "officey" stuff. Now that I'm working at home, I try to go out on at least one "date" a week with a friend, either for coffee or lunch or happy hour. Also I volunteer for church and school stuff. Come to think of it, though, I do find myself striking up conversations with complete strangers while shopping in Wal-Mart -- so maybe I DO need to get a life and get out more!!!