ITIA survey: Interpreting and translation rates


Publication of ITIA rates survey

Under competition laws, the ITIA is not permitted to recommend rates for translators and interpreters. However, we can share information about interpretation and translation rates charged in the recent past. To this end, we recently published a report on the results of our survey of rates charged by freelance translators and interpreters in 2017. The survey was open to ITIA members and non-members, and in total there were 139 responses – 91 translators, 23 interpreters, and 25 who worked as both translators and interpreters. The majority of respondents, 103 (74%), were living in Ireland, with smaller numbers in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and other countries in Europe and the Americas.

The respondents spanned a wide range of language combinations, with the largest number of responses being for major European languages such as English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Translators were asked to report their various rates per source word, per target word, and/or per hour for translation, editing/revising, proofreading, and/or post-editing services, as well as indicating whether they charged a minimum rate. Interpreters gave their rates per day, per half-day, and/or per hour, and indicated which interpreting settings they worked in, i.e. business meetings, conferences, public service (courts/police stations, hospitals/GPs, refugee settings, social welfare, education) etc.

The overall highest, lowest and median rates across all language combinations were as follows:

chart with interpreting and translation rates
Overview of interpreting and translation rates (ITIA Rates Survey, 2017)

We would like to extend a big thank you to all respondents for taking the time to provide us with their information, without which the survey would not have been possible. The full results of the rates survey, including detailed breakdowns by language combination, interpreting setting etc. are available for download in our website’s section on Articles and Reports.

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