reviewer/editor fee
Thread poster: nicolewang

nicolewang
New Zealand
Local time: 08:55
English to Chinese
Dec 24, 2015

Hi everyone, I recently have been asked to do some sort of review job, here are the job requirements:

1. review and edit content translated on website, (most of content will be marketing/UI)
2. quality assurance (ensure translation meets client's requirement, interact with translators/vendors to improve quality)
3. manage terminology glossaries if required, etc.


I am a qualified/experienced translator, I normally charge per word, however, it's the first time that i have to come up a hourly rate for this kind of job.

Could someone please provide some suggestions? I am thinking about USD 25/hour Thank you!!


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 23:55
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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How much do you earn in an hour of translating? Dec 24, 2015

If you charge USD x for a word and translate let's say 300 words per hour your hourly fee should be 300x.

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Andrea Halbritter  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:55
Member (2014)
French to German
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25 USD is not much Dec 24, 2015

In Europe the fee would be more likely to be somewhat between 30 and 60 € per hour.

For Chinese it's likely to be at the high end, so personally I would not go under 45 or 50 €.


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:55
Member
English to French
Up to you Dec 24, 2015

nicolewang wrote:
I am thinking about USD25/hour Thank you!!

If earning $25/working hour is enough for you to:
pay bills
plan for retirement
have medical cover
support your family
save for unexpected circumstances
maintain you skills' level
pay taxes
renew equipment

Then go for it!

The hour of service in my car dealership is €50 (+VAT), but they don't know two languages.

Philippe

Edit: I forgot about holiday costs, but at $25 I don't think you expect to have any.

[Edited at 2015-12-24 10:18 GMT]


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Arno99
Canada
Local time: 16:55
German to English
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too low is to low-ball yourself Dec 24, 2015

Andrea Halbritter wrote:

In Europe the fee would be more likely to be somewhat between 30 and 60 € per hour.

For Chinese it's likely to be at the high end, so personally I would not go under 45 or 50 €.


I agree, you ought to maintain a minimum rate, as suggested here. If you accept such a low rate of $25, that may indicate that you are not very serious about yoru work as you undervalue it yoruself. On such an assignment you should be very firm about the hourly minimum (and if more than one and a half hours, you must charge for two).
Good luck, regards, GB


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nicolewang
New Zealand
Local time: 08:55
English to Chinese
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thanks for your suggestions Dec 26, 2015

To be honest, I never thought USD25/hour is low before according to the average hourly rate for translating in New Zealand , so that's why I was considering this rate.

However, now I realize I may have to raise the rate.


Thank you very much everyone
Hope you all have a merry Xmas and a wonderful new year!


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