Surveys of Spanish to English Translation Rates


A common topic on translation blogs is what rates translators should charge. Inspired by Kevin Lossner’s summary of the survey for Germany in 2013, I decided to look up translation rate surveys in several countries that included Spanish to English translation.

  • France: The SFT (Société française des traducteurs = French Society of Translators) did a survey of translators in 2009 [French]. According to their respondents, the average rate for Spanish to English was roughly 18 cents per word (13 euro cents).
  • United Kingdom: The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) published the results of a rate survey in November 2012 which covered 2011. It looks like it was originally published for a fee, but now seems to be publicly accessible. The median for Spanish to English seems to be roughly 13 cents per word (for direct clients; 8 GPB pence).
  • Spain: Asetrad (Asociación Española de Traductores, Correctores e Intérpretes = Spanish Association of Translators, Copy-editors and Interpreters) did a survey of translation rates in Spain in 2009 [Spanish]. They didn’t give averages, but they gave the lowest and highest amounts that translators charged. The median of the lowest amounts was 8 cents (6 euro cents), and the median of the highest amounts was 16 cents (12 euro cents). If the real average is halfway between the two, that would be 12 cents (9 euro cents).
  • United States: The ATA (American Translators Association) last published its Translation and Interpreting Compensation Survey in 2008; a summary is available here (courtesy of Erin Sober’s TranslatEdit website). Average translation rates, depending on language pair, range from 11 cents to 18 cents per word. (I don’t have access to the full survey so I don’t have the Spanish to English rates.)