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if mt paid 9, editor paid 4 or 5...how can company charge 14 and make it..sm

Posted By: DCMT on 2005-12-31
In Reply to: Editor pay - Lisa Hartshorn

I know the going rate in our area is 14 cents per line.  As MTs most companies here pay us 8 or 9 cents a line.  Now add in the Editor rate at 4 or 5 per line..you are paying OUT more than you can charge a line.  How would companies stay in biz?

Unless all work is sent by the company overseas at pennies per line, this would not pay for a company.

just curious how this works out

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For QA consulting I'm paid per hour; QA instructing (college) paid salary, QA editing paid per li
I am an IC and work for two different MTSOs as well as instruct at a business college.
Charge what the credit card companies charge when they don't get paid on time!!!!
I am an editor and I get paid to sit and watch the
system. You did not explain yourself so sometimes there is no work to do. I am employee w/bennies and there are times there is no work yet I am there watching the system for stats. I am hourly and I do get paid for sometimes doing nothing but watching.

So, you canned the editors and you did your job, so what's your problem?

You did not explain and to be honest, as I said before, believe nothing you hear and only believe half of what you see with your own eyes.

Until you explain the situation, I will take it that the situation was similar.

If two QA people were doing no work, you could have told that in one day and pushed them out of your company.

I have no sympathy for you.

I just do not believe you.
No, but I am a QA editor paid by the line
There are a few of us I guess.
I would definitely make an arrangement that you get paid for ALL...(SM)
work you do including proofing or whatever.  As an IC you should NOT work for free.  I do  at times do a few little extras as an IC that I don't charge for, but if it was a lot and time consuming I would charge.  I would just add the charge on bill.  If she doesn't like it, then she shouldn't have you do the work.
Does the company get paid for the
templates? If they get paid for the lines, so should you. There are a few templates where I work and they pay for them. Why do them for nothing? Actually, you do them for less than nothing as you are losing money if they take away the lines.

To answer your question, if you are doing a lot of templates which take your time and then they subtract the templates, no, in my opinion, you don't make it up by typing for a company that only pays average, which generally means poor.

But how much are the US EDs gonna be paid? Typically this work is paid at 2-3 cpl. nm
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 move on. I think it is so unfair not to be paid for spaces! I think we should get paid

per keystroke, but that'll never happen.  I just think that these national companies are going to keep finding ways to cheat us.  I found a job working for a hospital as an employee, paid hourly plus incentive, and they let us expand everything!  Somebody's gonna have to kill me to make me give up this job.  I will never go back to the national's again.

I feel for you though.  I know that for us MTs those good jobs are few and far between and some have little choice but to work for the nationals.  I just happened to luck into the job I have now.  I just applied at the right time. 

Good luck to you whatever you decide.

If those companies paid a fair wage, and paid more
all came out equal, people wouldn't feel the need to try to make up the deficit by going for the good stuff. I actually prefer the harder, juicier reports. But I can't make a living doing only that, because the pay is not commensurate with the difficulty. So even though I prefer not to, sometimes I have to pick up some of the easier, more boring 'line-o-matic' reports just to make ends meet. Tell your MTSO to make it work their while, and MTs will stop taking all the easy work away that you obviously would prefer to keep for yourself.
You wont show UE being paid because it is employer paid -
the employee will never have to pay this.
I make $2-3/hr (we are ICs paid for talk time only)
We are ranked. If you aren't in the top ran you do not get as many calls.
I wrote out a longer message but for some reason it didn't post.
Not my place to make sure her taxes are paid
I can only take care of my end. Not in her head when April comes around so??
U make no sense. If paid per correction, why
Did any of you not get paid by a trans. company?

This transcription company that I might work for says if you don't maintain 98% accuracy or higher for three consecutive work days, you won't get paid for those days that you don't maintain the 98% accuracy rate.

Has that ever happened to any of you?  Do you think it's a bad situation to get involved in?

If you are paid by the line and make over $25 an hour, then I hate to say it

but I am wondering if you are doing full QA.  By the line is NOT fair pay for QA.  I know I mentor new MTs on a very difficult account and there is no way you could earn a decent wage on any amount of line pay, no way!

Don't go telling someone they could do better if they are paid by the line.  Quality specialists MUST have ethics in their work.  You can do a decent amount of reports a day and give feedback and mentoring, but you certainly would not be earning $25 an hour on line pay that I have seen....just no way!  The most I have seen QA paid is 7 cents a line and still those women do not average that amount. 

Now, I don't know what you do or if you listen 100%, but most QA positions I have had have had megablanks, 100% listen as well as 100% feedback and you just cannot produce that much doing your job in a proper manner.

Not all QA is paid per line. My company pays
per hour and pays VERY well.
I work for a company that uses templates and we get paid for them. nm
you didn't ask me, but email me and i will tell you what company i get paid for doing logs with..
What you "should" be paid and what you "are" paid

sadly are two very different things.  Good luck on demanding more..because someone else will just come along and take it for what they offer and they know it. 

If you search the posts, I think the Company board, you will find that the monies paid to AAMT

for CMT/RMT cerifications are being used to offer "India" rates to workers in India to test for their CMT/RMT cerifications. I REFUSE TO BELONG TO SAID ORGANIZATION AND I WILL NOT CONTRIBUTE MY HARD-EARNED FUNDS TO HELPING INDIANS GET CREDENTIALED.

10$ late if invoice is not paid within 10 days. At day 15 work stops until invoice is paid. Hardly
Audio hour charge - what is fair rate to charge company?

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. 
Wow, I make $15 an hour as an editor and ...sm
thought I was doing pretty good. I can make more per hour line wise, but I get easily distracted, which causes me after 8 hours to do very badly. ;o(
Wait, I did the math for you. I make 7.7 as a VR editor. nm
You make 25-30 an hour by letting the editor do your job for you dumba$$!
You will get yours in the end sweetie. Having someone else do your job shows you are lazy!!
getting paid
In a hospital setting, doctors get paid when caring for patients that arent their own, patients admitted whose care they take over.  I dont think it is wrong.  They need a pay check too and the time they spend is taking time away from their office patients. 
Wonder if they get paid by the name?



RE: Paid for looking this up
Why would you want to get paid extra for performing your job properly?
Most I have run across say you will get paid for it sm
if you ask off that day, but unless you ask off, you have to work it and will be paid the holiday pay in addition. Most I know will not pay you for it if you do not work unless you request to be off on the holiday. I think it is strange because why else would they call it a holiday, but I think it is the nature of the beast of MT.
not getting paid
This was my thinking as well.  Just didn't "jive" with me, if you know what I mean.   I will check with the places you mentioned.  Thank you.  
Getting paid

You are doing the right thing asking what to do before flying off and ripping them a nasty letter with empty threats.  Do some research, check and double check that you did not sign a contract, get all your ducks in a row and the facts straight, then sit down and write them a very professional, calm letter outlining the facts.  Send it addressed to one of the doctors specifically -- as if it goes through an office manager it sometimes does not get to them -- and ask for it to be signed ONLY by the doctor and get a recepit that it was delivered.   Just outline what will be happening if you do not get your check within 7 to 10 days and follow through.  But make sure that the doctors know what is happening.  But you can contact your state Labor Board, Consumer Affairs or any state agency that will listen to you to get the facts.    Also the State Medical Association.   Be sure to mention to the doctor (s) that you have contacted these agencies and will be doing a follow up letter with them should you not get paid.  You can also file under the smalls claim court to get your money but that takes time.   But if you write a very professional letter, have the correct facts and they see that you do -- they will pay.  They don't want to fight.  But again try to get the letter to the attention of one of the doctors.

Good luck, let us know how you do. 


Is anyone having trouble getting paid by Keystrokes?  My direct deposit never went into my account.  Any information appreciated.
Not getting paid
This has happened to me as I was owed 1500.00 and I told the owner of the company that I was going to contact the BBB in his state, my state and the attorney general's offfice in both states, boy did I get my money fast. They do not like to hear that at all. Good luck, but don't let them get away with your not getting paid. We deserve our pay on time.
You get paid???
She's not getting paid to be there? I'd be so

Can I ask why the ME below is paid 20% less than MT?
Get paid more than you?????
Don't bet on it. The pay is commensurate with experience (which is often none!) It sure would be nice if they would pay decent so experienced MT supervisors or even MTs could take these positions.
MTs being paid over $0.10 cpl
Just curious, how are MTs getting paid over $0.10 cpl? I have been an MT for 5 years working from home and only getting $0.08 cpl. I am a full-time IC. Are these your own clients or are you working for companies that pay this much? I have experience in many specialities.  I am just wondering if I should just go out and get my own clients or continue to find a company that pays more? How do you go about getting your own clients? I type over 1,200 lines a day and it just doesn't seem like I'm bringing home enough $$$. I worked at a company for 2 years and started out at $16/hour. I left because I had kids and wanted to be home with them. Any suggestions? I'm getting ready to throw in the towel.
MTs being paid over .10 cpl
I have worked for 1 doctor, my own client, for 16 years and get paid .10 per line plus he pays my health insurance. I also work for an online company that pays .085 per line. I think to get paid .10 per line or more, they have to be your own clients and you have to work out any special circumstances between the two of you. Good luck.
Getting Paid sm
This happened to me as well.  I was patient, got my money they owed me and got out of that company.  There are a lot of good companies out there hiring as we speak.  Good luck!
Got paid
Thank you.  I finally got my check.  It was dated for the 15th but only postmarked for the 22nd?  The first paycheck was right on time.  Perhaps it was a mail processing issue this time.
I used to be paid that way...
I used to have a job where I was paid by the dictated minute.  It was 0.50 a minute to start, 0.75 a minute after 90 days, if that helps you.  I really prefer being paid by line. 
APC ES-500 which has paid for itself several - sm
times, don't know why I waited so long to get one! I have 20-30 minutes of battery time, which is enough time to get my work saved or transferred to a memory stick if necessary.
I have always been paid at the CMT

rate by companies that pay extra, because of the quality of my work.  I have known CMTs who were horrible MTs and I'm not sure how they got their CMT, or either they thought once they had it they were above proofing.   There are people who need CMT to make them feel some sort of self-worth, but I think it is a waste of time and money to pursue it. 

not paid also
I had the same problem, but I only worked for 2 weeks, and was owed over $200.00.  She had me do overflow work and then no longer needed me and started making excuses why she was not paying me.  Get this, she wrote me an email stating she was happy she did not put it in writing that she was going to pay me ___ a line, but little did she know that she just put it in writing in the email, so now at least I have documentation of that. I think it is horrible that we work long hours, and then get stiffed when we need the money the most.
Yes, even though it's not necessary to get paid. Don't get paid for it
I was paid like that before
About 6 years ago, I was paid $1.85/1000 characters (MTSO was charging $3.00/1000 characters).

You might want to check with doctor regarding spaces, though.

Good luck!
I took a PT job with a small co. that agreed to pay me on the 1st & the 15th.  After my 2nd invoice I received no further work from the company which had sent me work 3-4 times a week. I emailed the co. on the 21st asking if my check had been mailed and was told she had to check with her husband but he was out of town so she would have to check the next day.  The next day I emailed again early in the afternoon with no response.  I then sent another email requesting payment in full and I received a message at 12:22 AM stating her husband did mail the check but she did not know what day and if I did not receive it Friday to let her know and she would check into it further, that they had to use money from their personal account to cover my check ($75.00).  She mentioned she would be happy to pay my other invoice on the 1st as we agreed.  I guess I'm just venting here but has this ever happened to anyone else?  The total owed to me is $221 and I'm not about to be shafted again by someone who does not want to pay.  I don't want to bad mouth anyone but if I don't receive my check today, I will be listing the company name so no one else gets treated like this. 

I didn't sign anything.  In fact she said she pays once a month and when I said I needed to be paid either weekly or twice weekly she said she could do it.  I'm thinking perhaps she was in a bind at that moment and needed the work done.