what is the normal rate for Translation work
Thread poster: lucylee

Local time: 01:13
English to Chinese
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Feb 25, 2007

hello. I'm newbie here
Someone can tell me what is the normal rate for translation (English to Chinese)work here?
Thank you.


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:13
English to German
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No such thing, I'm afraid... Feb 25, 2007

Hi Lucy - welcome to ProZ.com.

I'm afraid there's no such thing as a "normal rate": prices differ by complexity, subject matter, etc. Why don't you start by searching the ProZ.com forums - perhaps not surprisingly, pricing is a key issue being discussed.

You may also want to take a look at the ProZ.com rates calculator (go to Jobs - Rate Calculator) - admittedly a rather simplistic tool, it does help you to get a flavour of what you need to charge.

Best regards,


South Korea
English to Korean
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Asian languages translation is more expensive than... Feb 25, 2007

English to French, French to Spanish, and Spanish to English translation.

In general, target languages are rare ones like Asian and Central European languages, the price is higher by around 15-20 percent.

If Chinese is your target language, French/Spanish to Chinese translation is more expensive than English to Chinese translation.

I think the quotes that make you feel motivated to work considering your translation quality are the normal price for you (even if they are not for other translators.)



[Edited at 2007-02-25 16:15]

[Edited at 2007-02-25 16:16]


Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:13
Member (2005)
English to Indonesian
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Average Rates Feb 26, 2007

lucylee wrote:

hello. I'm newbie here
Someone can tell me what is the normal rate for translation (English to Chinese)work here?
Thank you.

Hi Lucy,

As mentioned by Ralf, there is no 'normal translation rate.' Each translator sets his/her own rates by taking several factors into account (go to Jobs tab above, then click Rate Calculator).

However, to see average rates in your language combinations, you can go to Jobs tab above, click Rates, and then click your language pair. Unfortunately, this feature is only available to members.

Good Luck.

P.S.: I think this is not an 'off topic' at all.

[Edited at 2007-02-26 02:06]


skyblue  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:13
Member (2006)
English to Korean
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Really, Sunghee? Feb 26, 2007

Translating between Asian languages and English, I find, is extremely challenging. However, I don't think such a combination gets higher rates. I rather feel it gets 15-20 percent lower than European combination (e.g., EnglishFrench). And I have been feeling that it is quite unfair.

Sunghee, is it really true in where you live that Asian language gets paid higher than European?

[Edited at 2007-02-26 04:14]


Local time: 01:13
English to Chinese
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Thanks All of you Feb 26, 2007

Thank you for the helps. I hope, I can learn more from all of you.

This website is very good place , because not only I can get more chance to receiving useful information I need, but also can know more language specialist . in my eyes, Everybody here is very outstanding , professional, and respectable.


Local time: 02:13
English to Japanese
Research on your own Feb 27, 2007

I would recommend you doing some online research on this topic outside ProZ. Although ProZ offers a great tool that *helps* you decide your own rate, it would be safer not to assume that rates available here are the industry standard on this regard.

Just my two cents.


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