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Transcription rates in USA
Thread poster: Bertha S. Deffenbaugh

Bertha S. Deffenbaugh  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:38
English to Spanish
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Jun 3, 2002


Could you inform me what the average rate is?



Thanks!


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Maya Jurt  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 13:38
Member (2002)
French to German
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Simple transcription? No translation? Jun 4, 2002

That\'s an office job. I would say 15 $ is a good rate (per hour), some people pay (and take) less.



And you must be good at it to get 15 $ an hour.

I would not recommend it for a translator.

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-06-04 22:15 ]


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Sarah Downing  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:38
German to English
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How about transcription with translation - for an English company by a German-based translator Dec 2, 2002

I have just finished transcribing a German interview with a paediatrician. Having had little experience in transcription and the rates, I foolishly agreed on 80 pounds per tape. It transpired that it took me a lot longer than the anticipated 6 hours (more like 15 for an hour\'s tape - the quality was diabolical and this was confirmed by a German native!)



Now I have managed to renegotiate the rate - I still have to translate the transcription and told them it took me around 15 hours to transcribe it. We agreed on a rate of €25 per hour and, to be quite honest, I feel I could have asked for a bit more, but as we hadn\'t agreed on this from the outset and I felt they were being cooperative, considering the circumstances - I was no longer able to deliver the job on time, etc. and of course was renogotiating what we had already agreed on - I decided not to ask for too much. However, I am thinking that I should be asking for more for the next job - but the question is, just how much?


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