Subtitling prices - what is the minimum?
Thread poster: VedranaB

VedranaB  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:18
Croatian to English
+ ...
Aug 26, 2009

Hello everyone!

I have been offered a price for subtitling 1.50 $ per minute by an agency. Judging by your posts on this forum, this seems a very low price. Since I have never done subtitling before, I'm wondering whether it is worth all the trouble. What do you think? Somehow I am curious what subtitling looks like, I want to try it, but if the price is too low, I don't know... I would very much appreciate it if someone could write me their opinion...

Thanks for your answers!


Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:18
Member (2008)
English to Dutch
+ ...
that is a big investment!! Aug 27, 2009

With "normal" prices at least twice or three times that amount, you are being asked to make a big investment for possible future work (which does not pay a lot to begin with).
Depending on whether you have a (good) script, whether you need to spot (enter time codes) in the video etc... I think you are being ripped off.

It will centainly take a lot of time before you are "up to speed" (i.e. you are quick enough to make more money in an hour tham your average cleaning lady)..

So unless your dream is to have subtitled this program, dvd, tv series or movie, I'd give it a miss



jbjb  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:18
Member (2005)
Estonian to English
+ ...
Say "no" Sep 1, 2009

Try to say "no" to the offer - the more people give up on such offers, the better for the industry, it might stop the price slide.
The sad truth is that for most of the subtitling professionals regularly working in the area in Central and Eastern Europe this might be a dream price, as in most of the countries they are not even paid that much (by local agencies and companies - big international companies are only now catching on that when they offer something like USD 3-4-5 per minute, then for Central and Eastern Europe they are overpaying two or three times, compared to local companies).


Silvana Diana Vinca  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:18
English to Romanian
+ ...
Low, but fair enough Sep 1, 2009


I just wanted to say that I do subtitling as well for an agency from Romania and the rate you were offered is close enough to what Romanian subtitlers are being paid by this agency. It is not much, indeed, but the offer for such jobs is not too big, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. On the other hand, once you get used to it, subtitling is fun so you will find yourself saying that it is worth doing it even for less money than normal translations.


VedranaB  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:18
Croatian to English
+ ...
Hi Sep 1, 2009

Thank you for your answers. Indeed, translators in Central and Eastern Europe are paid much less by translation agencies than in other countries. I know that they pay very low for written translations and subtitling offer is not too big. I'm still calculating if it's worth it...

[Edited at 2009-09-01 16:50 GMT]


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Subtitling prices - what is the minimum?

Advanced search

Déjà Vu X3
Try it, Love it

Find out why Déjà Vu is today the most flexible, customizable and user-friendly tool on the market. See the brand new features in action: *Completely redesigned user interface *Live Preview *Inline spell checking *Inline

More info »
SDL Trados Studio 2017 only €435 / $519
Get the cheapest prices for SDL Trados Studio 2017 on

Join this translator’s group buy brought to you by and buy SDL Trados Studio 2017 Freelance for only €435 / $519 / £345 / ¥63000 You will also receive FREE access to Studio 2019 when released.

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search