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Translations with highest rates

Highest paid translations

This post is an attempt to answer a question I have been asked on countless occasions, namely, Which are the highest paid specializations in the translation and interpreting professions? I will try to be brief.

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First of all, needless to say, it is essential for a translator to be highly trained in a given field of specialization; and it is highly recommended to train constantly and keep up with updates within such field. Agencies and end clients highly value this trait. Once the translator is feeling confident, it is advisable to start with small translations and from the very beginning to start creating translation memories (preferably, one for each company or client).

Returning to the issue at hand, although much depends on the type of end clients or agencies (and the country in which they are located), the most interesting specializations concerning fees include:

Pharmaceutical Translation: With rates around €0.10, €0.12 or €0.15 /word (approx. $0.18). The interpreters at medical conferences enjoy very good fees, but it is a quite difficult area to access.

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Pharmaceutical translation

Financial Translation: A senior “in-house” translator working in a large company (e.g., an accounting or asset management agency in Spain), can reach €40,000 ($50.100). If the company is located in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany or the UK, it is not unusual to find that a financial translator’s payroll could reach €80,000 gross ($100.200). A freelance translator, if working with good agencies or end clients could reach around €50,000 annual gross ($63,000). There are very interesting “sub-specialties” – for example: translating asset management or financial software – with rates that can reach €0.20 ($0.25) /word

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Financial translation

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Interpretation in Foreign Trade: In general fees are high, especially if it involves unusual languages. It all depends on what is considered unusual regarding a given location, for example in Spain a Russian translator of my acquaintance specialized in this area may charge up to €100 ($125) /hour.

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-Software Localization: It is more like a skill, rather than a specialization. It is a skill concerning ICT that every translator can attain. There is no lack of work within the powerful software and video game industry, and a translator on the payroll can earn around 30,000/40,000€ ($40,000) a year.

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Sotware localization

Sworn translation: Much depends on the language combination and if the source language is legal, notarial or of academic relevance within the country. But the added value provided by the sworn translator is indisputable, who can charge up to €0.20 ($0.25) /word.

–  Legal translations: The standard rate for certified translations for Federally Certified Court Interpreter and Expert Witness based in the Southern District of New York is $0.25-$0.27 per word. (Thanks Walter!).

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Sworn translations

The rates and fees depend largely on the nature of a company and the country where it is located, but with this post I am trying to highlight some of the highest paid translation specializations. Lastly, this post is open to your contributions. If you want to share your experiences, please do not hesitate to leave a message.

* Figures in Euros and US dollars.

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Useful links:

List of translators and interpreters associations

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Alemán Deutch German
          Goethe Institut Online Course

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