Korean Interpretation Rates

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Our rates for Korean interpretation services can vary significantly depending on the type of assignment. Except for telephone/Zoom interpretation (and sometimes simultaneous interpretation), the fees are usually based on an hourly rate with a half-day minimum. The rates are the highest for simultaneous interpretation, for which the highest levels of skill and experience are required in most cases. Simultaneous interpretation also requires 2 or more interpreters for continuous service of more than 1 hour.

At the other end of the skill-level spectrum, the applicable rates for consecutive interpretation for casual and informal situations (such as independent medical examinations conducted for insurance purposes), are generally much lower by comparison.

The rates are the highest for simultaneous interpretation,
which requires the highest levels of skill and experience.

Professional Korean Interpretation Rates

Table 1 – U.S. RATES – EFFECTIVE 1/1/2021
(See Table 2 below for applicable rates in Korea)
Service Type Interpretation Category Rate1,6 Remarks
Hourly Rate Minimum Fee2 Full Day3 OT4
NYC Other Local

Consecutive Interpretation

English/Korean

Business
Level I
$125 $275
up to 2 hrs.
$395
up to 3 hrs.
$775 $145/hr. Informal, unstructured
Business
Level II
$150 $325
up to 2 hrs.
$475
up to 3 hrs.
$925 $175/hr. Public audience, media, formal business meetings
Legal $150 $325
up to 2 hrs.
$475
up to 3 hrs.
$925 $175/hr. Non-technical depositions, hearings, trials
Technical/
Specialized Field
$175 $365
up to 2 hrs.
$550
up to 3 hrs.
$1075 $195/hr. Includes hearings and depositions covering technical subjects

Simultaneous
Interpretation
5

English/Korean

Conferences, Seminars $180 $385
up to 2 hrs.
$565
up to 3 hrs.
$1100 $205/hr. Simultaneous interpretation equipment required.

Simultaneous
Interpretation

English/Korean

Focus Groups $550 per session Based on 90-minute focus group, standard structure.

Telephone Interpretation

English/Korean

Consecutive Business Interpretation $2.75/min. for up to 1 hour,
$2.50/min. thereafter;
Minimum fee $75.00
Add $0.10/min. for international call(s) placed by Korean Translation Group
Language Consulting Business/ Language Consulting $125-$175/hr. Advisory, research and intermediary services; rates vary depending on type of assignment
Table 2 – RATES FOR KOREA (IN-PERSON) – EFFECTIVE 1/1/2021
Service Type Interpreter Class Rate1,6 Remarks
Up to 2 Hrs. Per Additional Hour2 Full Day3 OT4

Consecutive Interpreter

English/Korean

Master –
Business Level II
NA NA $1150 $185/hr. Top-level interpreter with a graduate degree in conference interpretation and 5+ years of professional interpretation experience
Professional –
Business Level I
$550 $135 $850 $150/hr. Business interpret with a graduate degree in interpretation and 2+ years of professional interpretation experience
Proficient $345 $85 $550 $95/hr. Current candidate for graduate degree in interpretation

Conference/
Simultaneous Interpreter5

English/Korean

Master –
Conferences, Depositions
$750
(Up to 1 hr.)
NA $1285 $200/hr. Top-tier interpreter with a graduate degree in conference interpretation and 5+ years of professional interpretation experience. Two interpreters and interpretation equipment required.

Language Consulting

Business/Language Consulting $125-$175.00/hr. NA Advisory, research and intermediary services; rates vary depending on type of assignment

NOTES

    1. Includes up to 1 hour of local travel (roundtrip) within the interpreter’s home area. Rates subject to local interpreter availability.
    2. Additional hours billed at the regular hourly rate.
    3. Full day = 6 working hours + 1-hour lunch break
    4. Overtime rate. Applicable after 6 working hours under normal full day schedule
    5. 2 interpreters are required for simultaneous interpretation assignments lasting more than 1 hour.
    6. Up to a 50% surcharge may apply for proceedings that are audio- or video-recorded where the interpreter’s voice and/or image becomes an integral part of the record (e.g. video-recorded conferences, hearings, depositions, etc.)
    7. We can provide simultaneous interpretation equipment in most areas in Korea. We do not provide interpretation equipment in the U.S.

 

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