Did You Miss Taking the ATA Compensation Survey?

Did You Miss Taking the ATA Compensation Survey?

It’s not too late. We’ve extended the survey deadline to Friday, October 1. Don’t wait—take the survey now!

As an ongoing effort to provide business strategies and solutions, this survey is an important service provided by ATA to its members.

This comprehensive survey is designed to compile compensation information—specifically for translating and interpreting—to provide a comparative analysis you can use to assist in making crucial business decisions.
To show the effects of the pandemic on translator and interpreter income and rates, this survey is designed to collect data both from before the pandemic (2019) and during the pandemic (2020).

Information will be aggregated so that no individual participant can be identified.

5 Ways the Compensation Survey Can Help in Your Business and Career

  • I want to know if I’m charging enough. How do my rates compare with everyone else’s?
    While your rates really have to stand on their own based on your specialty, language pair, experience, and more, having access to industry-wide data will help you know if you’re in the same ballpark as everyone else––or if you can charge more.
  • I provide translation/interpreting services as an employee. Is my salary in line with other language company employees?
    There are a lot of variables to consider when it comes to compensation for your services, but knowing what other staff translators and interpreters earn will show you if your salary is in the same range as others in the profession.
  • I’m considering a new specialty. What should I charge for my services?
    It takes a lot of time, energy, and planning to take on a new specialty. Knowing what revenue this specialty can bring in will help you determine if it’s worth the work.
  • I’m thinking about becoming a company owner. Will the change be worth it financially?
    Starting your own language services company may be a way to increase revenue. With data from your peers, you will know what your take-home could actually be rather than just assuming.
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook says translators and interpreters earn $52,330/year on average. Can I trust this number?
    Currently, independent contractors are not adequately represented in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report. With your help, ATA will have the data to lobby the agency for a more reliable revenue statistic.

Only you can help ATA collect the data that will give you the opportunity to evaluate your income appropriately. Your participation is critical.

How to Take the Survey
Go to https://compensation.atanet.org/SignUpForm.aspx to register and set up a login and password with Dynamic Benchmarking, the survey vendor. After completing the registration and accepting the terms of use, you will be taken to the survey. If you have any questions, contact us at compensation@atanet.org.

Who can take the survey?
Translators, interpreters, and company owners working in the U.S. You do not need to be an ATA member to take the survey.

Spread the Word
Please let your colleagues know about the survey. The more information we collect, the better for you in planning your business practices.

Participate to Receive the Report
All participants will get access to the full report with interactive filters to search the data for individual needs and interests.

Click here to learn more!

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