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In Mexico, in the area where I work, the agencies usually make 20 to 25% on the interpretation assignments and about 30% (up to 50% sometimes) on translations.
I know this because I also work directly with clients so I know what the final price to the client is and how much I get paid when I work for an agency.
I used to get a bit upset at the beginning when I realized how much "less" I was making when working through an agency, but the truth is that they also have overhead, they get the clients that I would probably miss and most important: they take the risk with the client because in the end they have to pay me whether they get paid or not.
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