Interpreter rates for translation companies in Spain.
Thread poster: yugoslavia

United States
Local time: 21:53
English to Spanish
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Apr 19, 2011

Dear colleagues,

I'm writing because I was offered an interpreter project in The United States by a company located in Spain. The company wants to take 10% commision from my invoice that I will send to the translation agency for the interpretation that will be done for this client.

I was wondering if it is a common practice for the companies in Spain and other European countries.

I know in The United States we get paid for the interpreter work hourly but the translation companies don't take commision fees. They just charge a higher interpreter services fee to the client and we usually share the earnings for the interpretation assignment.

Your prompt answer will be appreciated.



Mahsa Homayounfar
Local time: 03:53
Farsi (Persian) to Spanish
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Interpreting rates Apr 25, 2011


I work in Spain and working for different agencies I always get the entire fee that we have agreed on. So, I guess that the agency adds its own benefit on top to charge the end client. So far and working during the last 6 years I have never had to pay any commissions to the agency.

But, I do not see any problems in paying some percentage to the agency either. At least this way you can set the price.

Hope it helps.



United States
Local time: 21:53
English to Spanish
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Thanks for responding Apr 25, 2011

Hi Miss Homayounfar,

Thanks for responding to my forum posting.

The CEO of the agency told me that this was the commission charged by the "Association of Conference Interpreters Of Spain"AICE (Asociación de Intérpretes de Conferencias de España)

Can you please help me to verify is this is really truth?

Thank you so much for your help.

Let me know if I can be helpful to you from The United States.

Best regards,



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