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Tariffs for interpreting at an exposition in USA
Thread poster: Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)

Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Mar 5, 2008

I have been requested to work as an exposition interpreter in Las Vegas. I have no clue about tariffs here, it would be nice if somebody could illuminate me

Thank you
Giusi


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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State Department Rate Mar 6, 2008

What I normally use is the State Department Rate for conference interpreting, and unfortunately I am not up to date on that, nor have I been able to find it on the Net. I have to contact my colleagues who are so certified to get updates. Last I heard it was over $400 per day, but that was a few years ago.

That is plus your transportation, accomodations at the exposition hotel and meals, naturally, and travel time. Do not forget travel time.


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Thank you... Mar 6, 2008

...for the hint, but many people, me included, make a distinction between conference interpreter and exposition interpreter, which is supposed to be less engaging, and therefore also less paid.

Giusi


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Exposition Mar 6, 2008

Now I am not sure exactly what the duties of an exposition interpreter would be, but the State Department also has rates for escort interpreting and one other classification that escapes me for now. They are lower.

However, if this is a travel assignment, try to get good rates, unless of course a paid vacation in Vegas is your ticket, in which case you can low-ball it just for the perks. That also works.


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Irene Schlotter, Dipl.-Übers.
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The rate for escort/exposition interpreting Mar 6, 2008

is the rate that should apply here. You might want to get into touch with the administrative bodies mentioned by Henry or simply with other colleagues who are experienced in that field. I do not think that there are official, mandatory rates for this (so this might be completely open for negotiation), but I am not sure. Sometimes it can also be helpful to contact the fair ground administration and ask there. I do know, however, the prices for escort/exposition interpreting tend to be much lower than for conference interpreting because - actually - the work is not as demanding.

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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Thank you Irene Mar 6, 2008

Since the tariffs in the originating country (Italy) are pretty low too, probably the client will save or at the end spend the same money hiring somebody from Italy to Vegas. In Italy this job is considered something acceptable by students and young people, because of the low tariffs.

Henry, I live in Las Vegas, and probably the clients thought they would save money this way, but I am not a student and/or young people, and I make much more money staying home and doing my usual translation jobs...

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Giusi

[Edited at 2008-03-06 16:54]


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