Translation business in Turkey runs with free-market rules. Therefore, Turkish translation rates may vary depending on the translation agency. Although the quality of translation is an important element in the prices, there are also other factors. A translation agency that wants to provide high-quality translation cannot offer low-rates as their expenses are also high. However, choosing a freelance Turkish translator, you might be able to close the deal for a cheaper price. Because a freelance Turkish translator does not have great expenses; only utilities and coffee. And perhaps, tea. After all, we live in Turkey and as we all know, Turkish people run on tea.
How to Calculate Translation Costs
There are some key points determining translation rates. Generally, translation prices are calculated per word or character amount that can be viewed in a word processor software. Translation of official documents such as diploma, passport, transcription, marriage license, etc. may be subject to standard pricing.
Translation agencies usually work with freelance translators and pay them only a bit of their earning. So, if a translation agency tells you to pay 100 TL, you can be sure that only a small amount of that cost is going to reach the translator. That is why it is smarter to find and work with a freelance Turkish translator.
In 2019, Turkish into English or English into Turkish translation prices of a translation agency may start from as high as 0.1 TL per word. Which means an average cost of a single page is 30 TL (nearly $4). That is if you decide to work with a translation agency. Turkish freelance translators work for much less of that. An average cost of a single page translated by a freelance Turkish translator might be around 15-20TL. Translation agencies exist only as an intermediary between translators and companies/people who need translation. Agencies take a bigger cut of the price while paying their translators only a little.
Academic Translation Rates
Academic translation is usually required by students or academicians that are working on their thesis. This type of translation requires specialization and extra research on the subject. I recommend doing background research on the translator that you decide to work. English into Turkish or Turkish into English academic translation rates start from 0.25 TL per word and may go up to 0.5 TL per word.
Technical Translation Rates
Turkey has a growing industry and economy. Thus, there is an increasing number of engineering and IT companies that want to enter the Turkish market. In order to run a smooth business in Turkey, they need a great translation. Whatever the need is, manual, educational material, website or an application, technical translations consume time and require a special interest and education. This leads to an increased price of translation and a decreased number of translators. Price of a Turkish translation of a technical document starts from 0.12 TL per word and might go up to 0.30 TL per word.
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|Source||Target||Type||Rate (Per word)|
|English||Turkish||Academic||0.25 – 0.50 TL|
|English||Turkish||Technical||0.12 TL – 0.30 TL|
|Turkish||English||Technical||0.20 TL- 0.30 TL|