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Expected salary for beginning translator
Thread poster: Sarah Truesdale
Sarah Truesdale  Identity Verified
New Zealand
Local time: 21:29
English
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Jul 18, 2007

Hi there,

I am at the end of my studies (MSc Translation) and am in the middle of the interview process with a company in France who want to hire a French-English translator.

One of the questions they asked was what salary I expected, but I really have no idea. I am living in Britain, but do not even know what companies here pay.

It is a young, but flourishing company and I am only beginning in the field but would be their only anglophone and therefore a (semi-) specialist.

Any ideas?

Thanks.


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Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 09:29
Member (2008)
English to Dutch
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expected salary Jul 19, 2007

Hi there,

Well that's a difficult one, inhouse translators generally do not make very much money despite their experience and/ or long studies. In the Netherlands you would be looking at 2300-2400 euro bruto per month (please correct me if I'm wrong).
Now it all depends WHERE you are located, and what the living costs are. In some places with even double the salary, you couldn't affford a 1 piece bedroom, so you're going to have to live in some town far far away, with a 2 hour commute to work...
.. So the answer is :" How much do you need to live relatively comfortable?"


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JulietteC
Local time: 09:29
English to French
Well... Jul 19, 2007

On the ANPE (French employment agency), the net salary offered in ads for in-house translator is often between 1100 (!!!) and 1800 euros, I would say 1500 euros in average.

That's low comparing to what a freelance translator can earn.

If the agency is in Paris, you have to ask more than that because the cost of living is much more expansive than in the rest of France.

Good luck,

Juliette.


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Sarah Truesdale  Identity Verified
New Zealand
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re: expected salary for beginning translator Jul 21, 2007

Thanks for the replies.


The job is in Lille (northern France), so the living costs won't be as high as in Paris. It is a young company, so they are perhaps not able to pay as much as other companies, but they want to be reasonable so as to retain staff.

As to how much I need to live on ... I have no idea. The problem is that I am currently in Scotland, so have no idea what the cost of living is in Lille.

I am asking this question because during my first interview, the company asked what I expected as a salary and I couldn't answer...:(

Thank you in any case. I now have a slightly better idea of salaries. This is helpful as I expect that I will be having to negotiate this if I am offered the position.

So, Juliette, 1500 euros/month, so roughly 18000 per year? Mmm, ok.

Thanks again.

Any other comments/advice from same or other members welcome.


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Annelise Meyer  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:29
English to French
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Why not go to the Netherlands? Jul 23, 2007

Hi,

I used to work in a company based in Paris, thus I felt I could share my experience with you. Whether in Paris or in province, translator's wages are not as high as in the Netherlands. Speaking netto, I think that you should not expect to be paid more than 1,300-1,500 euros per month at the beginning. I'd advise you to ask for more so you have some room for negotiation afterwards. But living in Lille, that should allow you to find some great place to live in (whereas that would be more difficult in Paris). One last piece of advice: be precise and say that you are talking netto (add 20% to have the brutto) during the negatiation, so as to advise surprises at the end of the first month.
Good luck for your first job


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