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How much is a good rate? (US direct client)
Thread poster: Ali M. Alsaqqa

Ali M. Alsaqqa  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:19
English to Arabic
Sep 7, 2011

Hi,

Details are as follow:

- Direct client is a big US company, whose revenue exceeds $1Billion.
- Type of work: reviewing of translation.
- The level of the translation is good; no need for editing-from-scratch.
- Subject: highly specialized technical/scientific, and some basic marketing.
- Me: I have the right education. (Although my experience is less than two years).

I have been asked to propose a per hour rate provided that I can do at least 1000 words per hour.
So essentially the rate is per word.

How much is fair enough as a per word rate (or per hour, both are equivalent in my case) ?


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:19
English to German
+ ...
Why would anyone want to translate 1000 words or more per hour? Sep 7, 2011

Ali Al-Saqqa wrote:

Hi,

Details are as follow:

- Direct client is a big US company, whose revenue exceeds $1Billion.
- Type of work: reviewing of translation.
- The level of the translation is good; no need for editing-from-scratch.
- Subject: highly specialized technical/scientific, and some basic marketing.
- Me: I have the right education. (Although my experience is less than two years).

I have been asked to propose a per hour rate provided that I can do at least 1000 words per hour.
So essentially the rate is per word.

How much is fair enough as a per word rate (or per hour, both are equivalent in my case) ?


Just curious.icon_smile.gif


 

Marina Steinbach  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:19
Member
English to German
How can anyone translate 1000 words or more within one hour? Sep 7, 2011

I'm curious too.

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[Edited at 2011-09-07 16:53 GMT]


 

Ali M. Alsaqqa  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:19
English to Arabic
TOPIC STARTER
You misunderstood. Sep 7, 2011

Review 1000 words per hour. NOT translate.

 

Laura Gentili  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 14:19
Member (2003)
English to Italian
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Agency rate Sep 7, 2011

I know yours is a direct client, I can tell you that agencies pay 35-40 USD per hour (1000 words) for this kind of work.

HTH,
Laura


 

Egils Turks  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 15:19
English to Latvian
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For reviewing, 1000 words/hour is nothing extraordinary Sep 7, 2011

Ali Al-Saqqa wrote:
...
- Type of work: reviewing of translation.
...


What concerns the question, I usually charge $40 (€30) per hour. But, I mostly deal with translation agencies.


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:19
English to German
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Mea culpa Sep 7, 2011

Ali Al-Saqqa wrote:

Review 1000 words per hour. NOT translate.



I didn't read your post properly, my apologies.

I am still confused why you are wondering about a rate per word when you were asked for your hourly rate:

I have been asked to propose a per hour rate provided that I can do at least 1000 words per hour.
So essentially the rate is per word.
.

Proofreading rates per word work out nicely when they are about 35-40% of the translation rate. As for the hourly rate: the same hourly rate as usual.


 

Alexander Onishko  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:19
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Russian to English
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* Sep 7, 2011

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[Edited at 2011-09-07 20:48 GMT]


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:19
English to German
+ ...
Freelancer rates in the US Sep 7, 2011

Start at an absolute minimum of USD 60.00 for proofreading. Don't charge less.

 

Ali M. Alsaqqa  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:19
English to Arabic
TOPIC STARTER
Well... Sep 7, 2011

From 35$ to 60$ is a really big difference. But, anyway, I got the big picture, I hope.

Thanks to everyone for the valuable information.

[Edited at 2011-09-07 21:14 GMT]


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:19
English to German
+ ...
I have no idea why anyone would charge USD 35.00 Sep 7, 2011

Ali Al-Saqqa wrote:

From 35$ to 60$ is a really big difference. But, anyway, I got the big picture, I hope.

Thanks to everyone for the valuable information.

[Edited at 2011-09-07 21:14 GMT]


My computer and network maintenance guy charges $75.00

Simple DTP-work (nothing creative) by graphic designers starts at $60.00

Copy shops charge an hourly rate of $75.00 for typesetting your business card

A carpet cleaner charges $75.00 and up

A freelance copywriter will not work for less than $100.00


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:19
English to German
+ ...
Maybe it is time to check out the real rates on the market Sep 7, 2011

Laura Gentili wrote:

I know yours is a direct client, I can tell you that agencies pay 35-40 USD per hour (1000 words) for this kind of work.


Not what agencies try to tell you. According to many agencies it is perfectly OK to sell decades of high-end experience, backed up by various university degrees, adorned by awards and certificates, at the same hourly rate as a gas station worker. Don't believe what they are telling you.


 

Yulian Wang  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 20:19
Member (2009)
English to Chinese
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There are big difference Sep 8, 2011

Laura Gentili wrote:

I know yours is a direct client, I can tell you that agencies pay 35-40 USD per hour (1000 words) for this kind of work.

HTH,
Laura


Oh, I charge 20-40 USD, which means my best rate is only 20USD. I estimate that I would proofread 4000 words within eight hours (500 words per hour). But I usually spend less time and told clients the actual time cost.


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:19
English to German
+ ...
So, 20 dollars? Why? Sep 8, 2011

Yulian Wang wrote:

Laura Gentili wrote:

I know yours is a direct client, I can tell you that agencies pay 35-40 USD per hour (1000 words) for this kind of work.

HTH,
Laura


Oh, I charge 20-40 USD, which means my best rate is only 20USD. I estimate that I would proofread 4000 words within eight hours (500 words per hour). But I usually spend less time and told clients the actual time cost.


Why ruin the rates? No wonder that this industry and others are going down the drain. I pay my typesetter in India USD 60.00.


 

Baraa Ajaj
Local time: 22:19
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LOL Nicole!:D Sep 8, 2011

I like you Nicole!! I really do! so true what you're saying and that is exactly what's on my mind!!

no wonder why when you as a certain rate, people say " we got it for cheaper!!", go figure!! this industry is starting to look like a bazar!


 
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