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Translation prices survey
Thread poster: Pablo Bouvier

Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Nov 22, 2009

The survey is job-type independent and will last only 10 days. Only the following 2 questions should be answered and [n]prices should be given in euros (€) per word[/n].

1. What minimal price per word would you accept before rejecting a project?
2. Over wich price per word do you believe that an agency would not provide the project to you?

Please, click here to take the Translation Prices Survey

[Editado a las 2009-11-22 15:41 GMT]


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Penelope Ausejo  Identity Verified
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Done! Nov 22, 2009

Done Pablo... will you post the results?

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xxxmediamatrix
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before pushing a work back ... ? Nov 22, 2009

Before answering any survey it is important to read and understand the questions.

I do not have a clue what you mean by "before pushing a work back".

Please clarify.

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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Done Nov 22, 2009

Pablo Bouvier wrote:

1. What minimal price per word would you accept before pushing a work back?
2. Over wich price per word do you believe that an agency would not provide the work to you?

I think these limit definitions are quite reasonable, although they will strongly depend on the target language (= target market), and pushing a work back would probably better be expressed by rejecting a project.

Harry
(In Mexico for the next 5 months)

[Edited at 2009-11-22 14:03 GMT]


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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Translation prices survey Nov 22, 2009

Penelope Ausejo wrote:

Done Pablo... will you post the results?


Yes, of course. Here are the results until now. But, I am afraid someone hasn't understand what a price per word mean. At least, I do not know any agency that will pay 11,111 €/per word... until now.

Nevertheless, I have asked the survey page managers since the results do not seem to be very logical and I am waiting for an answer. Just in case...

1) What minimal price per word (in euros) would you accept before rejecting a project?

Range: 0.031,111
Median: 0.08
Total Responses: 43

2) Over wich price per word (in euros) do you believe that an agency would not provide the job to you?

Range: 0.0611,111
Median: 0.12
Total Responses: 43


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Format problem? Nov 22, 2009

Hi Pablo,

"1,111" and "11,111" sound like the result of a format problem. It was not clear to me whether - for example - I should write "8" in the box or "0.08". Therefore it is a good idea that you check this point with the survey page managers.


Astrid


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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Translation prices survey Nov 22, 2009

Astrid Elke Johnson wrote:

Hi Pablo,

"1,111" and "11,111" sound like the result of a format problem. It was not clear to me whether - for example - I should write "8" in the box or "0.08". Therefore it is a good idea that you check this point with the survey page managers.


Astrid


Hi Astrid: I am afraid I wont get an answer before tomorrow morning and I will be on trip.
As I checked the survey myself, only decimal points (not decimal commas) were accepted. Consistently, 0.08 € instead of 8 € should have been written. Nevertheless, the rare thing here is the miscellany of points and commas.

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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Translation prices survey Nov 22, 2009

Although I have not received any answer from the survey page managers, it seems that the errors have been corrected now. These are the results until now:

1) What minimal price per word (in euros) would you accept before rejecting a project?

Range: 0.010.12
Average: 0.07

Total Responses: 57

2) Over wich price per word (in euros) do you believe that an agency would not provide the job to you?

Range: 0.060.20
Average: 0.12

Total Responses: 57

I guess that these results begin to be significant. Consistently, I ask you kindly to share your conclusions on the same ones. Many thanks in advance.


[Editado a las 2009-11-22 21:34 GMT]


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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my conclusion Nov 22, 2009

For me the limits 1) and 2) correspond to the easiest and the most difficult translation tasks I have ever been offered.

I consider the difference between my range and the overall ranges to be caused mainly by the different target languages (markets) and quality/reliability expectations.

Since I came to know different markets, the results confirm what I expected intuitively.


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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About the same Nov 23, 2009

Harry Bornemann wrote:


Since I came to know different markets, the results confirm what I expected intuitively.


Indeed, these results are no surprise to me either...


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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This approach is flawed Nov 23, 2009

In the first place, you need to specify whether you mean source or target words. In Turkish to English translation, for example, there is an expansion of about 40-70% between the source and target word count, so that rates per source word are far greater than those for per target word.
Secondly, rates vary enormously from language pair to language pair, and also within each language pair depending on the specialisation involved.
I do not think that it is very informative to have one set of price data covering all language pairs, I am afraid to say.


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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Translation prices survey Nov 23, 2009

Tim Drayton wrote:

In the first place, you need to specify whether you mean source or target words. In Turkish to English translation, for example, there is an expansion of about 40-70% between the source and target word count, so that rates per source word are far greater than those for per target word.
Secondly, rates vary enormously from language pair to language pair, and also within each language pair depending on the specialisation involved.
I do not think that it is very informative to have one set of price data covering all language pairs, I am afraid to say.


Thank you very much for your comment. If I had wanted to do a more specific survey, I would have done it. Nevertheless, it would be practically impossible and useless due to the infinity of possible combinations and variants. And for the time beeing, I guess that everybody knows that wordcounts mean source words. If this survey do not convince you, nobody prevents you from doing yourself a survey according to your interests.

[Editado a las 2009-11-23 14:53 GMT]


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Translation prices survey: Results Nov 23, 2009

These are the survey results so far.

Average: 0.06
Range: 0.010.12
Total Responses: 157

Average: 0.12
Range: 0.070.20
Total Responses: 157

Although the number of answers increases, the ranges and averages do not change. Terefore, I suppose that the results can be considered to be stable.


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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Translation prices survey Nov 29, 2009

These are the survey end results :

1) What minimal price per word (in euros) would you accept before rejecting a project?

Average: 0.07
Range: 0.010.19
Total Responses: 175

2) Over wich price per word (in euros) do you believe that an agency would not provide the job to you?

Average: 0.12
Range: 0.070.20
Total Responses: 175


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Thanks Pablo! Nov 29, 2009

Really interesting results...

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