Project Manager salary
Thread poster: Travis Gower
Travis Gower
United States
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Spanish to English
Jul 2, 2007

I know this topic has been posted before, because I found it on Google. However, the thread was fairly old and only partly helpful.

What salary range might a Spanish Project Manager for an international translation company (based in US, working in US) expect to start at? BA in Spanish Translation, two and a half years experience as freelance translator, two years living in Spanish-speaking country... any thoughts?

Those outside of the US are, of course, more than welcome to answer. Nothing a little currency exchange rate can't solve.

Thanks in advance.


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Probably around 50,000 Jul 2, 2007

It really depends on various factors, including where the office is based (probably higher salaries on both coasts, but also a higher cost of living), but for a PM position, you might expect something around $ 50,000 or so.

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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Ireland
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In Ireland... Jul 2, 2007

In Dublin, I could expect to get €45-55K.
Project assistants/linguists are paid around €25-30K.


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Mark Berelekhis  Identity Verified
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My take on it Jul 3, 2007

I was offered a position of Russian Project Manager in a fairly big agency in New York, and their highest offer was in the low 40s.

That's New York, not the cheapest place to live by far. So, chances are, you'll make significantly more if you continue to freelance (and you'll enjoy the various other benefits of freelancing to boot).


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Salaries can vary a lot, depending on the actual job description Jul 3, 2007

Travis Gower wrote:
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What salary range might a Spanish Project Manager for an international translation company (based in US, working in US) expect to start at? BA in Spanish Translation, two and a half years experience as freelance translator, two years living in Spanish-speaking country... any thoughts?


A PM salary can vary a lot depending on the professional competence, experience and responsibility assigned to them.

I have seen in my past that some so called "project managers" were in fact nothing more than low ranking administrative staff, with little expertise, little capacity to run a project, and not trusted to take decisions of any sort regarding their work.
Their salary was proportional to their task and even inferior to the salary paid to a good translator.

At the other end of the scale, I've seen and appreciated "real managers", whose projects were extremely demanding in terms of technical knowledge, number of internal and external staff to coordinate, project volumes were running into millions of words, with tight deadlines, very strict time and budget constraints, etc.
Sometimes these PM were managing several projects at once, and preparing quotes for future projects, including accurate estimates for the time and all costs involved. They usually report directly to the agency directors and work with a great deal of independence.
Their salary was many times more than the salary of a translator, and it was fully deserved!!

Just to jot down some figures, we are talking of salaries around 20-25K EUR for the first type described above (admin staff) and 60-80K EUR and over for the latter case, plus benefits and bonuses directly linked to their performance and to the economic result of their projects.

What I wanted to say is that it is difficult to quote a single figure without knowing the job description and the personal capabilities required in a specific PM position.



Travis Gower wrote:
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Those outside of the US are, of course, more than welcome to answer. Nothing a little currency exchange rate can't solve.


Salaries can vary a lot in different countries. A currency conversion is not necessarily a good indicator, when converting a salary from a country to another country with a totally different economic reality.


bye
Gianfranco



[Edited at 2007-07-03 08:35]


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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Ireland
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Gianfranco is right Jul 3, 2007

...It really depends on the scope of the role.

I find this thread quite interesting as I am applying for a number of PM roles myself at the moment. Some of them are "glorified emailers", just forwarding files from client to translator and back again. For example, I was offered a PM role for a mere €30K here last week (It is not bad, but I actually earn more than that as a freelancer!) and that exactly what I would have been doing, just emailing people all day. No linguistic involvement at all. (and why should I take a pay cut?)

I have my eye on a PM role that is a lot meatier. I get to prepare translation kits and TMs, travel and meet clients, prepare budgets and quotes, assign translators and get a lot of free rein. And the money isn't bad either

[Edited at 2007-07-03 09:20]


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MariusV  Identity Verified
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before taxes or after taxes? Jul 6, 2007

Are the indicated amounts the PM may expect to receive are already "after taxes" (i.e. received "into the hands")?

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CELER PAWLOWSKY
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work during weekends! Nov 26, 2010

Mark Berelekhis wrote:

I was offered a position of Russian Project Manager in a fairly big agency in New York, and their highest offer was in the low 40s.

That's New York, not the cheapest place to live by far. So, chances are, you'll make significantly more if you continue to freelance (and you'll enjoy the various other benefits of freelancing to boot).




And what about the work during weekends? Does anybody know how is that paid in the US? by hour? is that common for the translation and localization companies?


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Hala Magdy  Identity Verified
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English>Arabic translation project managers Aug 1, 2014

Celer Pawlowsky wrote:

Mark Berelekhis wrote:

I was offered a position of Russian Project Manager in a fairly big agency in New York, and their highest offer was in the low 40s.

That's New York, not the cheapest place to live by far. So, chances are, you'll make significantly more if you continue to freelance (and you'll enjoy the various other benefits of freelancing to boot).




And what about the work during weekends? Does anybody know how is that paid in the US? by hour? is that common for the translation and localization companies?


Yes, I want to know this, and to know also what is the range for English>Arabic translation project managers for a company based in New York, USA (a full time job from home).


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Hala Magdy  Identity Verified
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English>Arabic translation project managers Aug 1, 2014

I want to know the monthly salary for English>Arabic translation project managers (full time from home) for a company based in New York. And also for the work during weekends.

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