Rates for post-editing in Canada
Thread poster: Nina Khmielnitzky

Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:11
Member (2004)
English to French
Apr 18


An agency asks me for my post-editing rates and I have no clue what to answer. Another agency usually integrates post-editing in translation projects (they call it "neuronal translation") and always sends me a file with the number of fuzzies. I just apply the rate agreed upon in the calculation. Let's face it, agencies pay peanuts. The new agency didn't seem to agree with the rate from the other agency I quoted. How should I establish such a rate? They don't want to tell me what their rate is, so I have no idea what they are fishing for. I certainly don't want to quote too low and be stuck with an unfair rate.


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Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 14:11
German to English
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I suggest Apr 18

That you charge by the hour - say $60 CAD/hour as a trained professional with certification (as I can see in your profile). If the MT is badly done, it will be more expensive to have it post-edited than translated from scratch, and if well done, then everyone is happy. This will also help reduce the exploitative use that is being made of MT + post-editing.
Let's face it, agencies pay peanuts.

You're in Canada with OTTIAQ membership. Are you looking in the right places? Well, agencies pay what we charge. And it's psychologically tough to charge what your services are worth.

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John Fossey  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:11
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French to English
I don't do it Apr 19

I won't do post-editing. There is so much translation work to be done in Canada, especially in Quebec, that I have never felt the need to do post-editing. And I don't work for agencies that pay peanuts, there are enough that pay well. Plus, there is a lot of direct client work. Just contact OTTIAQ colleagues who work as employees in large companies and see if you can do their overflow.

[Edited at 2018-04-19 11:51 GMT]

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