Hourly Rate for Spanish into English
Thread poster: Valeria Audivert

Valeria Audivert  Identity Verified
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Aug 11, 2004

I'm being offered a position for a project manager translating technical and telecom materials from Spa into Eng.
I've never billed by the hour, and was hoping somebody here could give me an idea on what would be an average rate?
Thank you!

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GoodWords  Identity Verified
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Base it on your per-word rate Aug 11, 2004

Your hourly rate should be based on your own per-word rate. How many words can you translate per hour in an average text (mid-way between the hardest and easiest texts you typically translate)? Don't forget to account for time spent on research and proofreading. My hourly rate is equal to my rate for translating approximately 400 words.

You might be able to get a more accurate idea of what to bill if you track the total time taken for a few of your typical translation projects. Divide the total earned by the exact time spent translating, researching and proofreading to find out how much you earned per hour of work.

In setting your rate, decide whether you would like to bill for parts of an hour. For example, for a job that takes you 2 hours and 40 minutes, would you bill 2 hours 40 minutes or 3 hours? If you make your hourly rate divisible by 3 or 6 or 12, you can bill for 20-minute, 10-minute or 5-minute increments respectively, which is better for the client and could make them appreciate you more; this could be well worth the few dollars less that you earn.

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