Transcription rates?
Thread poster: Samy Direm

Samy Direm
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Arabic to English
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May 26, 2008


I am a translator of Arabic. Someone has approached to me to do a transcription from Arabic which I have never done. Can some one tell me what the current rate is for transcription in the USA, Canada and Europe.



KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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Hourly rate May 26, 2008

Samy Direm wrote:
Can some one tell me what the current rate is for transcription in the USA, Canada and Europe.

How about just charging your usual hourly rate for services?


Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Per minute May 26, 2008

We charge per minute.

is it transcripion or transcription+translation?

Spanish speaker: 120-150 words per minute.

[Edited at 2008-05-26 18:43]


GoodWords  Identity Verified
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Charge according to your own rates May 26, 2008

How much would you make in an hour if you were translating instead of transcribing?

The idea is that you should earn approximately the same amount of money in a given time period whether you are translating and charging by the volume of text, or transcribing and charging by time. It doesn't make sense to price yourself cheaper by one method than the other. Thus, don't set your time rate based on what people charge in other countries, but on your own scale of rates.


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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English to Spanish
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Be Careful May 26, 2008

Charge an hourly rate and even if your arm is twisted do not give a flat figure, say "however many hours it takes" and do not give in. Audio to be transcribed can be extremely variable, from slow and clear as a bell to extremly poor sound quality, background noise, low volume, people all talking at the same time, voices that are indistinguishable, etc.; in short, a nightmare.

There is certainly no way of knowing what you will get until you hear it, or how much time it will take until you actually do it. Moreover, you may need special equipment that can enhance sound quality, improve volume and that works with a foot pedal to start, stop and kick back the tape. Just to work with an ordinary tape player can be much more time consuming and difficult.

It may not turn out to be so hard, but be aware that it can also be a nightmare, so be careful.

I forgot to mention this, you should have good hearing. If you are like me (somewhat poor hearing) then such work is not for you.

[Editado a las 2008-05-26 20:41]


Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Audio Quality May 26, 2008

We often receive audio files in Spanish and quality is not always acceptable.

one hour recording: more or less 6 or 7 hours transcribing (Spanish, only one speaker and good audio quality).

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[Edited at 2008-05-27 03:43]


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