Fair Rates
Thread poster: Luiza McGibbon

Luiza McGibbon  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Portuguese to English
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Mar 8, 2012

Hi everyone!

What is a fair rate to charge for translations from English to Portuguese and vice versa when you're a beginner and uses Microsoft Word/Excel as platforms?

Many thanks.

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Åsa Campbell  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:00
English to Swedish
Community Rates Mar 8, 2012


I do not work in your language pair and can only offer general advice.

Few translators will openly discuss their rates in the forums but a good place to start is to look at the Community Rates in Tools here at Proz. There you will find the average rate for your language pair.

You will then have to set your own rate based on the complexity of the source text, file format etc.

Good luck!

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Luiza McGibbon  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Portuguese to English
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Thanks Mar 8, 2012

Thank you Asa I appreciate your reply.

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Local time: 05:30
What about comparing your earnings with a local teacher? Mar 20, 2012

How much you can charge depends on many factors: your language pair, your skill, your field of expertise, etc. Last but not least, your geographical location plays an important role as well.

I find it interesting to compare the income of a translator with a local teacher. A highly successful translator can make as much as a local professor at the university, a mediocre one should make at least as much as a local primary school teacher.

So as a starter just do the math, how much you have to charge to be as well off as a primary school teacher?

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