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How to charge for telephone interpreting?
Thread poster: Anaviva
Anaviva  Identity Verified
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Apr 28, 2003

Hi everyone.

Can anyone give me any idea about how to charge for interpreting over the telephone? Does one charge per minute? Is a minimum fee usually established?

It\'d be grateful for any information.


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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
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Charge per minute Apr 28, 2003

In my experience, telephone interpreting is charged by the minute. (As a very rough guideline, 1 GBP per minute in the UK).

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Erika Pavelka  Identity Verified
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Per minute Apr 28, 2003

Hi Ana,

I do telephone interpreting and it is paid per minute with no minimum charge. A Canadian interpreting client I have pays $1.25 per minute (which works out to $75 per hour in Canadian dollars).



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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Per minute, but do not forget the minimum Apr 28, 2003


If you stayed home for a telephonic interpretation appointment (let\'s say it was for the court) and the claimant never showed up, or they called you to cancel the appointment, you should still charge them for 1 hour minimum. At least this is my practice. If you interpret every day for an interpretation company, then they usually pay you per minute.


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I would chage by the minute. May 16, 2003

Phone interpreting is charged by the minute. How much to charge? Well, this depends on you. If you are a starter then you should charge about 65 cents a minute. Once again, I should remind you: this is only my opinion. Good luck.

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