rates per word in UK/Germany
Thread poster: Anne Koth

Anne Koth  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:15
Member (Feb 2018)
German to English
May 4, 2005

Hello, I work in Germany and have been asked for my rate per word from a UK company. I haven't worked with a UK company before and wondered how the number of words is usually calculated.

I compared a Mic. Word count and my normal calculation, which is that 55 characters including spaces = 1 line and 1 line = 10 words. Word counted only 83 words for every 100 my normal method counted. Do UK firms usually calculate according to the Mic. Word count - should I raise my rate per word accordingly?

Thanks for any help!


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:15
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Seems a bit high May 4, 2005

1 Normzeile = 7-8 words English. But if the job comes as Word-file, wou count in Word, if it's a Trados job, you see the wordcount in the analysis. Be sure to count also textboxes, there is a macro that counts also these.
Word-rates usually apply to the source text, whereas normzeilen are counted when the job is finnished.


Laura Vinti  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:15
German to Italian
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In your language combination, I think one line is usually less than 10 words May 4, 2005

Hello Anne,

Why don't you take a document (not too short) you have translated in the past and calculate the rates using both methods.
In Germany, your rates are probably based on your target document, so you first calculate your total fee as you usually do, based on lines, and then you take the source document, run the wordcount program in Word and see how many words there are.
You then take the previously calculated total fee and divide it by the number of words in the source document.
The risulting figure will tell you how much you should charge per source word to make the same money you would if you were working for a German customer.
Keep in mind that the UK rates are usually lower than the ones applied in Germany, so you might have to adjust for this.

Hope my explanation is somewhat clear...

Good luck,


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