Fee for interpreting jobs
Thread poster: Francesca Baroni

Francesca Baroni  Identity Verified
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Feb 7, 2011

In the next months I will receive some interpret jobs for a customer of mine. They will take place near my town (8 km) and in Germany (I think 300 km from here). The customer will take me to Germany every time.

I have no idea how much I can ask for my job. Hour fee? Half-day fee? Whole-day fee? However I will work just a few hours in Germany (I hope so), I will spend the whole day sitting in a car for his company.

Any suggestions?


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Your Time Feb 7, 2011

Your time is worth the same whether you are working hard or hardly working or perhaps just sitting in a car. When you give a client your time, then that is time you do not have available for doing other well-paid work, so charge accordingly.


Francesca Baroni  Identity Verified
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thank you Feb 7, 2011

for your your suggestion.

I hope that someone from Austria will answer and tell me also the Austrian fees.


Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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full day fee Feb 8, 2011

Probably upwards of 300 - 450 euros, even if you just have to sit in the car all day.
(or even if your services are not really required onsite)...

You just miss a whole day of translations, emails, possible future jobs etc. You are exclusively available for the client.

If the customer wants to save money he should get a local interpreter, who will probably charge him a minimum fee of 1/2 a day as well...



Chiara Cherubini  Identity Verified
German to Italian
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full day Feb 8, 2011


I agree with previous posters that you should charge a full day of work, since in the days you are working for this customer you won't be able to accept other jobs.

I don't know exactly about fees in Austria, but in Germany where I live professional interpreters usually charge at least 500 Euro/day for this kind of service for a direct client. And according to the statistics of BDÜ this is actually the lowest price range.

I hope this helps



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