Free English to French Translator and French to English Translator Price Guide
This free English to French translator price guide shows French to English translator sample rates and explores the factors involved in translation pricing. (If you were looking for a free online translation, click here).
How translation prices are calculated
Translation pricing is normally on the basis of a per word rate, which is multiplied by the total number of words. It is more common for this calculation to be based on the number of source words (that is, the words in the original language). However, in some cases, the calculation is based on the number of target words (that is, the words in the final language of the translation).
Be aware that in an English to French translation, the target word count may be more than 20% higher than the source word count.
Sample per word rates from freelance French translators.
In general, a freelance English to French translator or French to English translator will charge less than a translation agency. Below is a sample of prices from 20 freelance French translators based in the U.S..
Note that pricing is often different in different countries. Also note that the prices below reflect the translators' official advertised rates; in practice, some of these prices may be negotiable.
U.S.-based English to French translator rates (rate per word, in U.S. dollars)
English - French translator 1: rate - $0.15
English - French translator 2: rate - $0.10
English - French translator 3: rate - $0.07-$0.10
English - French translator 4: rate - $0.11
English - French translator 5: rate - $0.10-$0.15
English - French translator 6: rate - $0.15-$0.17
English - French translator 7: rate - $0.07
English - French translator 8: rate - $0.06-$0.10
English - French translator 9: rate - $0.10
English - French translator 10: rate - $0.10-$0.12
U.S.-based French to English translator rates (rate per word, in U.S. dollars)
French - English translator 1: rate - $0.12-$0.13
French - English translator 2: rate - $0.18
French - English translator 3: rate - $0.12
French - English translator 4: rate - $0.09-$0.10
French - English translator 5: rate - $0.13-$0.15
French - English translator 6: rate - $0.15-$0.20
French - English translator 7: rate - $0.13
French - English translator 8: rate - $0.20
French - English translator 9: rate - $0.08-$0.10
French - English translator 10: rate - $0.06.$0.14
Sample per word rates from translation agencies.
A Spanish design studio shared with us the price proposals that they recently received from a variety of translation agencies. Here are some examples of the per word rates that the agencies quoted for English to French translations.
Translation agency 1 (large multinational - price in euros): €0.14
Translation agency 2 (U.S. company, medium-sized): $0.19
Translation agency 3 (Dutch-based company, small - price in euros): €0.225
Translation agency 4 (large multinational - price in euros): €0.18
Translation agency 5 (U.S. company, medium-sized): $0.20
Note that Translation Agency 4 quoted separate translation and revision rates -- the price listed above combines both rates, since some of the other agencies include revision in their translation rates.
All of the agency prices above were sent to the same Spanish design studio. However, we have observed that some agencies charge very different rate levels according to the client. For example, we have seen price proposals sent by Translation Agency 1 to several different companies. Interestingly, this same agency quoted rates to a global market research company that were nearly double the rates quoted to the Spanish design studio.
"Before asking for a translation quote, look at the market rates. Translation agencies that have a website often post their prices. So look around, and then you get the quote, you'll know if it's appropriate or not."
- Perrine Souffez, Spanish and English to French Translator and Project Manager
Go to Part 2 of the Free English to French translator - French to English translator pricing guide: "Factors Influencing Pricing"
Go to Part 3 of the Free English to French translator - French to English translator pricing guide: "Reducing Translation Costs"
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