Pricing

Survey of translators’ prices for 2017 conducted by the BDÜ (the German translators’ and interpreters’ association)

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Here are some figures from the BDÜ’s ‘translators’ fee index’ (ISBN: 978-3-946702-02-3) for 2017, which will give you an idea of the industry standard. I’ll be happy to provide an individual quote.

Relevant for most smaller assignments:

Fees as surveyed in the Federal Republic of Germany, calculated net, excluding VAT per word of source-language text. These are not to be understood as fee recommendations

For German into English

Client group: Direct clients (legal and public bodies)

Average highest rate: € 0.20  Average lowest rate: € 0.17

Average most frequent rate: € 0.18

Client group: Direct clients (business and industry)

Average highest rate: € 0.22  Average lowest rate: € 0.16

Average most frequent rate: € 0.18

Client group: Private individuals

Average highest rate: € 0.19 Average lowest rate: € 0.15

Average most frequent rate: € 0.17

No per-word rate reported for French into English!

RELEVANT FOR WORK FOR PUBLICATION:

Fees as surveyed in the Federal Republic of Germany, calculated net, excluding VAT per standard line (55 characters including spaces) of target text (in my case, English). These are not to be understood as fee recommendations

For German into English

Client group: Direct clients (law and public bodies)

Average highest rate: € 1.85  Average lowest rate: € 1.60

Average most frequent rate: € 1.67

Client group: Direct clients (business and industry)

Average highest rate: € 1.73  Average lowest rate: € 1.41

Average most frequent rate: € 1.54

Client group: Private individuals

Average highest rate: € 1.59 Average lowest rate: € 1.30

Average most frequent rate: € 1.43

For French into English

Client group: Agencies (2009; no indication for 2017!)

Average highest rate: € 1.45 Average lowest rate: € 1.20

Average most frequent rate: € 1.30

Client group: Direct clients (business and industry) 2011; no indication for 2017!

Average highest rate: € 1.53  Average lowest rate: € 1.33

Average most frequent rate: € 1.36

Client group: Private individuals 2011; no indication for 2017!

Average highest rate: € 1.59 Average lowest rate: not indicated

Average most frequent rate: € 1.34

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