Dutch to English Translation Guide: Dutch Translation Prices
How much does a Dutch to English translation cost? This overview of Dutch translation pricing includes sample freelance and agency rates. (Looking for an online free language translator?)
Dutch to English translation pricing
Translation pricing is normally based on a per word rate. We have collected some information from different translation suppliers to give you an idea of typical rates.
Freelance rates for Dutch translation
Below are the advertised prices of 20 Dutch translators, all of them based in the U.S.. Note that the U.S. translation market is generally lower-priced than the translation market in the Netherlands, and Netherlands-based Dutch translators may charge higher rates.
Per word rates for English to Dutch translation (U.S. dollars)
English to Dutch translator 1: rate - $0.06-$0.12
English to Dutch translator 2: rate - $0.14
English to Dutch translator 3: rate - $0.07-$0.11
English to Dutch translator 4: rate - $0.05
English to Dutch translator 5: rate - $0.14
English to Dutch translator 6: rate - $0.14
English to Dutch translator 7: rate - $0.10-$0.15
English to Dutch translator 8: rate - $0.10
English to Dutch translator 9: rate - $0.12
English to Dutch translator 10: rate - $0.12
Per word rates for Dutch to English translation (U.S. dollars)
Dutch to English translator 1: rate - $0.08-$0.10
Dutch to English translator 2: rate - $0.10
Dutch to English translator 3: rate - $0.10
Dutch to English translator 4: rate - $0.08
Dutch to English translator 5: rate - $0.12-$0.16
Dutch to English translator 6: rate - $0.08-$0.12
Dutch to English translator 7: rate - $0.10
Dutch to English translator 8: rate - $0.07-$0.10
Dutch to English translator 9: rate - $0.10
Dutch to English translator 10: rate - $0.11
You will notice that many of the translators above advertise a price range rather than a single price. Besides the length of the translation, translation pricing can vary according to how difficult or technical the document is, any special requirements such as layout work, and discounts for high-volume translations, among other factors. Translation pricing is also frequently negotiable.
Agency rates for Dutch translation
Translation agencies tend to charge more than freelance translators. This makes sense. In general, the agency will subcontract the translation to a freelance translator and possibly an editor as well. The agency has to set pricing high enough to cover these costs as well as their overhead expenses, including office infrastructure, project manager salaries, and so on.
Therefore, one way to save money on your Dutch to English translation is to bypass the agencies and go directly to a freelance translator. However, depending on your needs and the type of project, this may not be the best choice.
Read a comparison of different Dutch to English translation options.
A Spanish design firm shared with us the translation quotes they recently received from a variety of translation agencies. Below are the per word rates that the agencies quoted for English to Dutch translations.
Agency 1 (Large multinational company - price quoted in euros): €0.17
Agency 2: (Medium-sized U.S. company - price quoted in U.S. dollars): $0.21
Agency 3: (Small Dutch company - price quoted in euros): €0.215
Agency 4: (Large multinational company - price quoted in euros): €0.20
Agency 5: (Medium-sized U.S. company - price quoted in U.S. dollars) $0.18
Note: Agency 4 quoted separate prices for translation and revision/editing. The price above reflects the combined costs, since some of the other agencies treat revision as part of their translation rates.
All the prices listed above were offered to the same Spanish design firm. However, both freelance translators and agencies may offer different rates to different clients. For example, we have seen quotations sent by Agency 1 to several different companies. The rates that this agency quoted to an international market research company were nearly twice as expensive as the ones above.
Agencies and some freelancers often apply minimum charges to small translation projects, rather than charging them on a per word basis. This can end up being very expensive, especially when sending an agency a small translation in several languages -- a minimum rate of sometimes more than $100 may be applied for each language.
When possible, you can try to avoid these minimum charges by saving up small Dutch to English translation jobs and combining them into a single larger project.
Sorting out the price data
When choosing a Dutch translation supplier, it is important to look beyond the prices quoted to analyze the value being offered in each proposal. The quality and service may be significantly different between one supplier and another.
"I would regard myself as a well-qualified translator. I'm not prepared to work below a certain price. I'd rather look for work doing something else. So I think, 'Who would be willing to work below that price?' and I come up with two possibilities. People in very low cost countries. And people who can't get any other work."
-Lindsay Gasser, English to Dutch Translator
Dutch English Translation Guide Interview
While an expensive supplier does not always offer correspondingly higher quality, a very low-priced supplier is likely to be offering an inferior product, especially in the case of agencies. It is just not possible for a translation agency to survive charging below market rate unless they are underpaying translators or reducing costs in another way.
Read advice on reducing your Dutch to English translation costs.
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