Specifying Word Count for Translation Agencies using Trados Studio
Thread poster: James Woodington

James Woodington  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:30
Member (Sep 2018)
German to English
Sep 9, 2017


I have a lot of agencies that I freelance for and they always tell me beforehand the specific word count for the files I will be working on. However, I have no idea how they get those numbers because when I run an analysis of the files using Trados Studio, I always get a different number. How can I make sure what the correct word count actually is? And how can I protect myself from getting underpaid in this manner?

Thanks in advance!


Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:30
English to French
Many ways to decrease a "weighted wordcount" Sep 11, 2017

I suppose "different number" means the agency's wordcount is lower than yours.

If I understand well, they work out the weighted wordcount for you:
weighted wordcount x your base rate = your earnings
Are your hourly earnings in line with your expectations?

More about discount grids:

Do you know the discount grid they use?
Do they check the Internal fuzzy match option?
There seems to be many ways to decrease a weighted wordcount just (un-)ticking boxes...



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