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Umang Dholabhai  Identity Verified
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Subjective Opinion Sep 9, 2011

I polled "average". Looking at the score, hardly anyone considers their income to be high.

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Hendarto Setiadi  Identity Verified
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Compared to what? Sep 9, 2011

Compared to the income of the general population in my country, my income is very high. Compared to the income of fellow translators in developed countries probably average or less.

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Maria Drangel  Identity Verified
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compared to... Sep 9, 2011

people with a similar education in my country (and also considering cost of living in my country) I would say that I can barely manage from what I can earn as a full-time translator, but due to the fact that I also work part-time with more lucrative things, I manage well.

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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barely enough ... Sep 9, 2011

From the point of view of input = output. Barely enough financial return for the effort put in but there are enormous fringe benefits.

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Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
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barely enough... Sep 9, 2011

... however you put it.

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Parrot Translations
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good enough! Sep 9, 2011

not bad ~

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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Quantification Sep 9, 2011

I consider my income to be...
average
barely enough
low
high
very low
Other - N/A

Could somebody quantify that? What is average, barely enough, low, high, very low, other? High in India is not the same a high in London, which for me is the 100k limit.

AFAIK: Average and if I compare it with the opportunity cost : the cost of a translation education, the effort to learn languages, the amount of time spend on a translation vs the amount of money earned, translators vs.other professionals, like dentists, lawyers, doctors, economists... and the lack of career opportunities, it is average to low for most.






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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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other Sep 9, 2011

enough, it would be higher if I did not have to pay such high taxes.
But it is enough to say that I am satisfied


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Evija Rimšāne  Identity Verified
Latvia
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The same for me Sep 9, 2011

Hendarto Setiadi wrote:

Compared to the income of the general population in my country, my income is very high. Compared to the income of fellow translators in developed countries probably average or less.


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bookwormkt
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Average - or rather suficient! Sep 9, 2011

I think my salary is slightly above the UK average.

Without doubt it is VASTLY above the earning of many in the third world.

Compared to CEO of major companies, it would be a pittance!

We have a house to live in, food to eat, clothes to wear and money to share with people in need.

Some of the most precious things in life cost me nothing - a hug from my children, a look from my husband, the freedom to practise my faith, a wander in the field with my old dog!


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xxxmediamatrix
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No comment Sep 9, 2011

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

"I consider my income to be ...


... a matter for discussion only with my accountant and the IRS.

MediaMatrix


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Amazingly hard question to answer Sep 9, 2011

Average compared to what?
I am perfectly happy with what I earn, but then I don't run a car, have to pay rent or have children in private schools and I am surrounded by people worse off than myself.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Low - average - high Sep 9, 2011

Low compared to a corporate CEO or a staff translator in an international organization;
Average compared to other freelance translators;
High compared to a yoga instructor.


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Lifeng Yang  Identity Verified
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Very beautiful sentences~ Sep 10, 2011

bookwormkt wrote:

Some of the most precious things in life cost me nothing - a hug from my children, a look from my husband, the freedom to practise my faith, a wander in the field with my old dog!


Beautiful!


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