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Posted By: blondie_1147 on 2008-05-02
In Reply to: Anyone paid hourly? - Typer

I don't know that I am much help. I have only been a paid MT for a year. Including an intern 1-1/2. But I don't do radiology either. I make .075 cpl which comes to about 7 something an hour because I only do about 100 lines per hour. So if it makes you feel any better you are making more than me. :) I hope after I get some experience under my belt the money improves.
Now my very good friend is a radiology MT. She works at home for a local hospital around here. She has worked with them for 10 years and now makes $13.26 an hour. And anything over 1000 lines per day she gets an incentive of 3 cents per line. So she does pretty good. BUT she has been doing this for this same hospital for 10 years. She had to work up to that. She started out making 8-something an hour and got a yearly raise (not sure how much) and now is at $13.26 an hour with the incentive. Have they said whether they give annual raises? Do you know what their top hourly pay is there? If so maybe you would have hope to work yourself up to a better rate. But then again if you can do better elsewhere go for it.
Hope this helps you. :)

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Whatevery you do, DO NOT work for Toth Transcription. They hire unsuspecting newbies or anybody that wants to learn the field, but you will never, EVER see a single paycheck. You will have to fork over about $150.00 to start out with, and probably more by now.

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Red my other posts on TOTH.
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1. If a radiologist dictates CT abdomen/pelvis and you have to combine the reports, do you get paid for this?

2. If the radiologists read reports from another facility and the transcriptionist has to type them in the system (a different way than the regular reports), do you get paid for these?

3. If you transcribe a report dictated by someone other than the radiologist (i.e., cardiologist), do you get paid for this?

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These may be good questions to ask when discussing employment. Unfortunately, I didn't think to ask before-hand. I'll repost to let you know when I get the answers from the company.
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