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No, not agencies Jan 29, 2014

Петро wrote:

What clients are your friends who regularly make 200k working for? Agencies?


Freelancers. I didn't say "regularly make 200k/year" I said 100k and more.
Of course I'm not talking within a year or two of starting in the business. It takes time.

[Edited at 2014-01-29 15:08 GMT]


 

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Well Jan 29, 2014

Orrin Cummins wrote:

But to say that annual earnings of $100k-200k (which is on par with nurse anesthetists!) is the norm seems a little optimistic to me.


I'd say it's the norm in certain circles and it pretty much boils down to a combination of good rates and regular workload. Often it seems easier to achieve by combining translation work with well-paid interpreting assignments (especially conference interpreting).


 

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Some food for thought Jan 29, 2014

Here is an older post by Corrinne McKay on this topic:
Secrets of six-figure translators
http://thoughtsontranslation.com/2008/11/12/secrets-of-six-figure-translators/


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And a more recent follow-up post:
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Here is an older post by Corrinne McKay on this topic:
Secrets of six-figure translators
http://thoughtsontranslation.com/2008/11/12/secrets-of-six-figure-translators/


Edit:
And a more recent follow-up post:
http://tribulang.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/how-much-do-freelance-translators-earn-is-it-enough/

[Edited at 2014-01-30 00:11 GMT]
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Not so Jan 30, 2014

Orrin Cummins wrote:

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.htm

According to the data at the above link from the U.S. Department of Labor, as of 2013 there were 821 "detailed occupations" in America. The actual number of recognizably different jobs is probably higher, of course, but even if we take 821 as a total that makes #82 almost fall within the top 10%. Is working in the top 10% of all careers in a country with almost 320 million people really flying below the radar?

Incidentally, that page also lists the average annual income of "interpreters and translators" (averaged together I suppose) as $53,410. I certainly don't know too many high school teachers pulling that kind of salary.


Out of 821 occupations, I guess we're under the radar. Looking on the bright side, I am happy translators are taken into account.


PS: In case you're wondering which occupation tops the list, let me break the news "chief executive".


 

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original post (with useful comments) Jan 30, 2014

TranslateThis wrote:

Edit:
And a more recent follow-up post:
http://tribulang.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/how-much-do-freelance-translators-earn-is-it-enough/

[Edited at 2014-01-30 00:11 GMT]


The original post (on the same blog you quoted previously, not on that copied version!) has a long string of interesting comments:
http://thoughtsontranslation.com/2011/03/07/how-much-do-freelance-translators-earn-is-it-enough/

[Edited at 2014-01-30 08:50 GMT]


 
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