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Try a different transcription - KRMT

Posted: Sep 19th, 2022 - 5:24 pm In Reply to: Advice for newbie - Melissa

I would honestly try a different type of transcription if I were you. I'm going to look into legal transcription or captioning jobs. I can't speak for every MT, but here is my personal experience with MT work. Hopefully this will help you make a decision. I started MT in 2011. It was straight type back then and I made $36,000 a year. Now, the jobs are mostly voice recognition. I make around $12,000/year working the same number of hours as I did in 2011 which is pretty sad for a certified specialist with over a decade of experience. In 2011, straight type paid me 8 CPL, 11 years later in 2022, straight type is paying me only 7 cents a line. I rarely ever get any straight type jobs though. I was excited about voice recognition when I found out about it. In my opinion, it's horrible. It would be worth it if the reports were light editing, but they're not. They have an excessive number of errors and are heavy editing, and that is often on the clear-English-speaking, perfect-enunciation doctors, but you don't get very many of those types of doctors. It's not uncommon for every sentence to have 3 edits including changing a misspelled word, adding or changing punctuation, adding or deleting words. By the time you are done editing, you probably could have typed the report from scratch in the same amount of time, only straight type pays better. I haven't had a raise since 2013, in fact, my line rate was decreased from 8 cents a line to 7 cents a line that year. At most of these companies, everyone makes the same, whether you're a seasoned MT who makes no errors and has been with the company for years or decades or a newbie who makes tons of errors. There is no incentive to being a star performer. You get no holiday pay, no nighttime or overnight differential pay, no raises. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I hope I was able to help by sharing my experience.


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