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average charge per line

Posted By: alliefan on 2007-08-27
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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?

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

figure an average at 1.20 and 1.50 and charge double..we charged 2.50 and 3.95

I'd figure out an average I make per hour, and charge that. -nm
I'd still charge by line, just charge a lower
rate, like maybe 8 cpl.  Do you have to pickup and deliver work?    You could also setup a one-month contract until you see how it goes and then you can figure out the best way to charge and go from there.  You could also charge a flat rate per page and keep it fairly low.  
What is the average line/hour for a 65 character line with spaces? NM
Curious, do most IC's usually charge by the gross line or 65 character line?
Thank you~
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!

PS on line charge
One thing to remember is that if they add those other six facilities you will need help and with only charging 8 cpl you won't be able to pay someone much to help and so your quality of help might not be that great.  Also I count my headers in my gross line. I do a lot of 9 to 12 page consults and add on 4 to 5 spaces depending on the length of the header per page to the line count.  And my accounts know that my line count is based on Courrier 12 and NOT the font that they chose to use.  I am upfront about that.  Change back to it when I do my line count.  Again, it is a starting point and good luck.  If you need help or have questions either E-mail me or post on here again.  Patti
how much to charge per line
I have the opportunity to transcribe insurance reports.  I would be subcontracting.  Any idea how much to charge per line?  Is WordPerfect the best program?  I live in the Southeastern US.  Any other info greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.
Charge by line

Hi Laurie,

The last time I had an account for myself, and not through an MTSO, I charged 14 cents a line.  That was as recently as December.  I did not print the reports out though!  I also did the pick up and drop off but since it was extremely close to the hubby, he did that for me   So I'm guessing since you are doing all that extra work, 16 cents a line?

Good luck!

charge per line
I do 11.5 to 12 cpl but gross lines.  My accounts have been with me many years -- some 18+, and so I know them inside and out.   For any new accounts that might come along I would start them at 12.5 cpl.  I do pick up and deliver, provide sticky paper, envelopes all in the price.  Reruns also.  But again, my accounts have been with me  a lonnnnnnnnnnng time and I can do 500 to 600 lines per hour and they pay on time without questions asked about my lines or anything.  In fact have stopped giving them daily line counts, they only want totals now.  So we trust each other.  But start around 12.5 or so and go from there.    Patti
I charge per line.

I do the clinic notes for a clinic in our area for free since they are a ministry/outreach program. I cannot take a charitable deduction at the end of the year for this. It's considered volunteer work and is not tax-deductible.

and how much do you charge a line?
are you willing to say? most people wont which is weird since most of you on here are anonymous.

I never thought to factor those costs into my line count, especially after i was just underbid for 2 cents less than I already charge.
Charge per line

I thought I posted this successfully earlier but I don't see it.

What is a fair charge per line. I currently am charging my client 12 cpl but am thinking that is low. Also, how many characters per line are you using?

Thank you



Charge per line
Thank you for the information. May I ask what state you are working in. These will be office notes, pretty basic stuff.
What is the average pay per line for VR editing? nm
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
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
Why don't we (MTs) charge by the gross line?
I, too, charge by the gross line (sm)
I used to charge 14 cents a gross line and delivered and picked up every day, printed reports, provided a list of each report transcribed, and reprinted lost reports, all at no extra charge. Only one of my clients has ever been a real stickler for 24-hour TAT, so I'm lucky in that regard. When things get too busy, I do the best I can. Then I went to 12 cents a gross line as I could no longer pick up and deliver every day. This was 10 years ago that I switched from 14 to 12 cents. I haven't raised my rates in a long time but am pretty comfortable where I'm at now with my rates as I no longer print, have gone digital, have good dictators and report types, and also there's India to consider. I'm in central California which is not nearly as expensive a place to live as southern California. I would *think* your area could support 16 cents a line but I really don't know if India would be a concern for you? We have quite a few docs around here using India but a lot wouldn't consider it an option. You can always ask for more and see what they say, but you also want to be given the chance to dazzle them with your skills so they think they can't do without you. With the cost of living increasing, if you aren't making enough due to the type of reports/dictators you already have, I would definitely approach them with the idea of an increase. 
I charge by 65-character line (sm)
My clinics have wanted 0.5-inch margins on the side. One of them wanted 10-point Times font. I think 65-character lines are fair for both parties.
I charge .10 a gross line.
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 also charge whatever the line count totals. How are you--sm
supposed to keep track of what she changes and what is a straight normal? It still takes you time and Keystrokes to input the macro.
They reportedly charge 7 cents a line. nm

I am in Ohio, but have friends in MI and MO that charge 15/line.
You may need to check further.  You may undercutting yourself.
Tell him for demand jobs you charge .02 more a line - sm
maybe that will cool him off, or if he wants 12 hour TAT .01 more a line.
I charge by 65-char line with spaces...sm

The two accounts I've worked on wanted 0.5 inch margins on both sides.  One of the accounts wants 10-point Times.  The other wants 12-point Times.  They want the margins so big because they are trying to save on their paper costs, because the sticky back paper (I think that's what they use) is apparently quite expensive.  I send the documents via e-mail for them to print on their own.  Anyway, charging for a 65-character line with spaces nets me more than a gross line because of the margins, font, and typeface.  Try it with your line counter.  I have one built into my Instant Text (which I don't use for invoices) and SylCount.  Both of them show that the gross line is quite a bit less when the margins are this big. 


Why not charge for spaces?  You type 'em like you type a letter or number! 

15 cents a line AND charge mileage
I usually average $25/hour paid by line so most places...

65-char line to client and charge for gross? sm
That's a bit underhanded. If they ever get suspicious, your line counts are going to exceed what they count at 65 char. a line. You said yourself that 65-char/line and gross line are two different things, so why do you contract with the client saying you bill for one and actually bill for another ?? That's shady, IMO, and I would never quote my client a 65-char line and then charge them for gross line.
Own accounts, line charge, MTSO percentage
I think you might have posted this same question about a week ago.  I take anywhere from 20 to 30% on an account from my IC's that covers my being the QA, the accountant, the customer service rep, the go between and the relief transcriptionist.  I really think you MTSO is being more than fair.  Stop and think if and when you get your own accounts, would you only keep 25% if someone was typing for you?  Sometimes it is hardly worth my time to keep the accounts for the IC's as the time I spend on those accounts I accounts I could be typing and earning $30 to $40 instead of the $10 to $12 that I get when someone else types it.   Remember when you have your own accounts there is no one to cover for you when you are sick, your child is sick, you go on vacation, holidays, etc.  There is always a flip side to the coin.  I do wish you luck but there is more into doing your own accounts than you realize. 
I charge 1.5 times my regular line rate.
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.

Absolutely not! Most editors do not charge by the line. A good editor
knows that line pay is not fair pay, or let's say a quality editor knows that line pay is not fair pay.  I have done some VR editing and believe me, the ones I did you literally had to retype the whole report.  Figure out an hourly rate that would work for you and don't take anything less.  Editors or QA people should not be paid on production.  That's the final step to quality and some of these groups, services, will learn that one day!  Some of the better ones already know that. 
Average line rate including spaces these days for experienced MTs is
I would charge more per line for working holidays or if asked to work scheduled days off. SM
But did you address that in your contract? 
Does this seem fair? To charge .16 per line - includes printed reports, copies on disk for one year

and delivery.  I do travel twice a week to this office.  Plus, at times I will fax or email the reports free of charge.  I live in Southern California in an upscale area. 


Thanks again!

Charge what the credit card companies charge when they don't get paid on time!!!!
Audio hour charge - what is fair rate to charge company?

how long, on average, average a knee replacement would one be on Oxycontin?(sm)
My DH recently had knee replacement surgery a month and a half ago.  The doctor has been prescribing oxycontin 30 mg this entire time.  Husband has been trying to wean off of it and is down to 10 mg.  He asked the doctor if he could come off it completely and the doc said to "just keep taking it."  His next visit is in two months.  With all the discussion lately about pain medication addiction, is it normal to be on this medication for this long and for the doctor to say "just keep taking it?"  How long should one be on this med?
Doubt you can charge 15 cpl for VR work to the docs - you can't even charge them 12 for straight
you don't have to charge $60/HR - all you have to do is charge a good rate and then..
work smart, not hard. If you have a great dictator, charge him 14 cpl on a 65 char gross line, then set up your templates and word expanders, you can make $80/hr. But you need all three to work together, otherwise you might only be making $60/hr. Some people are just really good at what they do - shouldn't they make more if they are more productive?
One office I charge .12, another I charge $2.25 page--nm
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.