How Much Does a Translation Cost?

One of the top questions we get on a regular basis is “How much does a translation cost?”  To clarify, translation is the conversion of written materials from one language to another. 


The cost for translation depends on several variables:

  • The length of the document, specifically the number of words
  • The target language (the language to translate the material into) – Character languages are more difficult, therefore have a higher cost
  • Turnaround time – is it a rush or not
  • Subject matter – more technical materials may require a translator with specialized training and experience
  • Add-on services such as desktop publishing and layout, audio files, extensive layout, etc. will affect price

customer serviceLook Beyond the Per-Word Cost

The variables above are relatively standard amongst all Language Service Providers (LSPs). But not all LSPs price the same way. Because customers have become keyed into per-word pricing being the standard in our industry, some LSPs have adopted a very low per-word price to appear to be a bargain and win business. But if you drill-down into what that price includes, or more importantly what it does NOT include such as project management fees, proofreading fees, consultation fees, etc. Once you consider everything together you will often see that the full quote is much more than just the per-word cost.

Rapport International doesn’t price that way. We provide quotes based on the factors above, but we include these benefits in our base price:

  • Consistency of Voice
  • Dedicated Team
  • Free Efficiency Consultation
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Project Management - so you don't have to
  • Cultural Adaptation of Message
  • Proofreading
  • Process Improvement Advice
  • Cost Savings Recommendations
  • Quality Control of Versions
  • File Management

We specialize in finding efficient, cost-effective ways to handle your translation needs. And when we provide a quote, what you see is what you pay barring any additional changes or issues once the project has begun.

cost of translationDiscounts & Add-Ons

Basic pricing is not etched in stone. There are factors that can result in discounts as well as additional costs that you should take into account when shopping for a translation service provider.

At Rapport International we provide discounts for:

  • High Volume Orders
  • Large Projects
  • Retainer Services
  • Special Packages
  • Loyalty Discounts
  • Referrals
  • Long-Term Commitments

Additional charges may be applied for:

  • Rush Jobs
  • Editing by Second Translator
  • Complex Projects
  • Localization
  • Difficult Subject Matter
  • Website Maintenance
  • Transcreation
  • Certified Translations
  • Notarized Documents

When you get a quote from Rapport International these discounts and add-ons will be clearly explained and itemized for your review.

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Shop on Value Not Price Alone

When comparing quotes, remember that cost alone does not define the value of the service. Make sure you consider all the benefits INCLUDED in the cost, and don’t make the mistake of choosing a provider that will add on fee after fee until they end up costing well above the per-word price.

partnerWhen you need a reliable translation provider who will work with you to establish a relationship, get to know your business and its goals, will recommend efficiencies to save you money, and who will truly become your multilingual communications partner, then you need a company like Rapport International. At Rapport International we strive to provide fair and accurate quotes so that we can meet our goals of providing top-quality services, delivering on time without going over budget, and developing long-term relationships with clients.

Rapport International believes in quality work and lasting relationships, which is why cost alone cannot guarantee the successful growth or results that companies desire. When you work with Rapport International you can be confident that you are getting a high-quality product at a fair price.  And as always Rapport International provides free project consultations, and free quotes.

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