Translation Prices per Word
When you go out to buy fruits and vegetables, you pay according to the weight of the produce. Each type of fruit has a different price. The same goes for buying fluids, like milk or gasoline-you pay according to volume. In real estate you pay by yardage. Most kinds of commodities and products have a weight-and-measure used to determine how much the buyer will pay.
In translation services, the weight-and-measure tends to be the price per word. So if you need to translate a document, you would count the number of words in the document and multiple it by the price per word. How much is the price per word? Well, that varies from provider to provider. This post will provide you with some general guidelines regarding translation rates per word, and will also provide you with some practical ways of getting price quotes for translation services.
Prices vary depending on language pair: the laws of supply-and-demand apply here and the price per word for obscure language pairs (with relatively few qualified translators) will be higher than language pairs with a large community of professional translators. Cost of living in the target country will also impact the translation cost per word. For example, prices of Chinese translation services will be lower than prices of Norwegian translation services since the cost of living in Norway is much higher than in the PRC.
Prices vary depending on subject matter: translation of general material that requires little or no expertise is at the low end of the cost scale. Prices per word get higher as the subject matter becomes more challenging.
Prices vary depending on service level: some companies sell translation services done by non-professional translators; people who know the languages but are doing the work to supplement their income. This is common practice of some of the online translation companies. This type of service is low cost. Other companies (like GTS) only work with certified, professional translators. At the highest end of the service level ranking are translations which are reviewed by a second translator to ensure very high quality.
So how much does translation cost per word? You can get a per word price quote from GTS by uploading your document and getting an online translation price quote. The translation price quote is displayed in seconds, as shown below.
As you can see, the cost per word is clearly displayed (as in the above example, English to French costs US$0.13 per word).
Here are some of the prices per word you will pay at GTS for professional translation services:
|Language Pair||Price per word
|Price per word
|English to French||$0.13||$0.16|
|English to Italian||$0.12||$0.15|
|English to German||$0.12||$0.16|
|English to Spanish||$0.10||$0.13|
|English to Russian||$0.10||$0.13|
|English to Portuguese||$0.13||$0.16|
|English to Chinese||$0.09||$0.12|
|English to Korean||$0.13||$0.17|
|English to Dutch||$0.13||$0.17|
|English to Hebrew||$0.10||$0.15|
|English to Arabic||$0.13||$0.15|
|German to English||$0.13||$0.16|
|French to English||$0.13||$0.16|
|Hebrew to English||$0.10||$0.17|
|Arabic to English||$0.10||$0.17|
|Spanish to English||$0.13||$0.16|