Per word fee for transcription?
Thread poster: Emilie Fahlenkamp

Emilie Fahlenkamp  Identity Verified
United States
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English to Danish
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Nov 5, 2009


I have only ever given a quote for transcription based on recording time. What would you quote a client who wants a rate per word for transcription, and subsequent translation? If the translation rate is x per word, is the transcription rate per word 1/2 x, 2x, or something completely different?

Thanks in advance for any input you may have.



patyjs  Identity Verified
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Spanish to English
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You need to calculate... Nov 5, 2009

I have been mulling over the same question. If you've transcribed before, I suggest looking at the number of words you wrote and comparing it with the length of the audio. I just did this and was shocked to see I had transcribed/translated almost 6000 words for a 50 minute audio. That was when I realized I had been grossly undercharging by quoting per audio minute.

You may want to have different rates for monolingual transcription and transcription into a second language.

Hope this helpsicon_smile.gif



LEXpert  Identity Verified
United States
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Croatian to English
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Work backward from your hourly rate Nov 5, 2009

If you have transcribed before, figure out how long it took you to do a transcription of xxxx words. That should give you an average number of words per hour you can transcribe. Use that with your hourly rate to arrive at a per-word charge.


Emilie Fahlenkamp  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:01
English to Danish
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Working backward.. Nov 6, 2009

from my hourly rate seems to make the most sense, I will go back to a previous transcription and try to figure it out that way.

Thanks to both of you for your advice!



José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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English to Portuguese
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A matter of risk Nov 6, 2009

No need to repeat it here, check #5 (the last part) at:

Using the same per-word rate in comparison to a playing time rate, if the speech is by Tom Peters you'll make a bundle; if it's by the late Peter Drucker, you'll lose money.

While we are on the subject, check this out too:

If the recording is of the "mission: impossible" type, it may take you much longer, and result in a much lower income for too many (incomprehensible)s on your transcript.


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