Appen and Lionbridge Projects – Hourly Rates Across Different Markets

Hourly rates across different countries: Lionbridge, Appen

Important Note: Some Appen Global projects are not currently available in many states in the U.S.A. because the payment rate Appen Global offers is below the minimum wage in some of these areas. The company Sykes is also experiencing this same problem. Currently, the only alternative is Lionbridge. Our sources show that in many countries Appen Global pays 2 times less than Lionbridge, and to maximize profit, they cut wages. For example: In India Lionbridge pays $7 per hour, Appen $3 dollars an hour compared to the U.S.A. where Appen Pays $10 per hour and Lionbridge Pays $14.


Echo, Index, Sharp, Cable 12$-13,5$ 14$ 7$
Arrow (Google) 10$ 14$ was 8$/now 5$ was 8$/now 5$ 15$-17$ was 8$/now 5$
Truckee (Insta) was 13,5$/now 10$ 14$ was 9,45$/now 7$ was 9,45$/now 7$ was 8$/now 5$
Nile (Facebook) was 13,5$/now 10$ 14$ was 9,45$/now 7$ was 9,45$/now 7$ 15$
Shasta per task per task per task per task per task per task
Yukon (Google) was 12,5$ (net)/now 10$ (net) 14$ was 10,5$/now 5$ was 10,5$/now 7$ 14$ was 8$/now 5$
Internet Assessor, Rater, Internet Safety Evaluator (Google) 14,5$ (gross)
14$ 10$ 12$ 7,3$
Ads Assessor (Google) 13,5$ 14$ 10$ 12$ 7,3$
Maps Analyst (Apple) per task per task
Why Appen decreased hourly rates almost in all markets after acquiring Leapforce?

Feel free to share your information regarding payment rates in your specific country, based on your input I will update information on this post.


  1. I am a Lionbridge contractor (Internet Ads Accessor). And my contract is for specific country and language. Nevertheless, I perform mostly English language tasks (almost 100% of all tasks), most of them for US location.
    And it’s unfair that I am paid 2 times less than the US or EU citizen. Because I perform the same tasks + I need to make more research to understand the meaning of the query, research specific location etc. Because I’m not familiar with the local market.

    Is it possible to receive an hourly rate review and it’s increase? Should I contact Lionbridge regarding this?

    1. The payment rate is set according to local market economic conditions and easiness to hire raters in a specific locale, apparently you cannot negotiate for higher hourly rates, as these companies can easily find another raters who will be happy to work for a current rate. Moreover as you can see from the table, Appen after purchasing Leapforce significantly decreased hourly rates across all markets and they still manage to retain and hire new raters.

  2. Hello sir,
    I work for Lionbridge as s rater. Sometimes there are task in my locale but not available for me. Why do you think that happened?

    1. As far as I know, Lionbridge notified raters that the amount of tasks might be low or unstable due to slow down of ads business of Google due to pandemic, as you may know tasks are generated from real ads…

  3. Appen in june 2020 – Payment rate for brazilians:
    Vistula $10 Nida $25 Chapeauroux $22 and Alsea $19.5 per hour – Everything else $5 per hour

  4. […] アメリカでは、ライオンブリッジを推す意見の方がやや多いように思います。日本で公開されている求人情報を比べると、アッペンの時給の方がライオンブリッジよりやや高いのですが、アメリカの記事の情報によると、アメリカではライオンブリッジの方がやや高いようです。記事「Appen、Lionbrdigeって大丈夫?」で紹介しているPASSLEAPFORCEEXAM で両社の時給を比較した表が同サイト「APPEN AND LIONBRIDGE PROJECTS HOURLY RATES ACROSS DIFFERENT MARKETS(PASSLEAPFORCEEXAMにリンク)」に載っています。(日本の情報は古いようです)また業務量が比較的安定している、研修期間でも支払いがある、ということが理由のようです。 […]

  5. What should I do to qualify for more projects at Appen?
    Is it to update my CV ? If so, what skills and other helpful tips do I need to put in my CV to easily qualifed for projects?

    1. Hi there,

      In most cases, your CV does not affect the list of available projects, all candidates with more or less average CVs are invited for project qualification on a first-come, first-served basis, it means you have to wait and re-apply your application every 60 days.

  6. Internet Assessor, Rater, Internet Safety Evaluator (Google) for Lionbridge in Brazil actually pays U$8,20, and has been for at least a year now

  7. In India, citing market and business needs, Lionbridge decreased the hourly rate from 6.81 USD to 4.5 USD in December 2020. They are not responding to my queries if the rate would be reverted back to my original consulting agreement. 4.5 USD/hr is too less even in India. I have been working as a Lionbridge rater for past three years. Is there any other company with similar work for which I can work along with Lionbridge?

    1. Hi Tanya,
      You are absolutely right. I am also working for LB since last 1.5 years and this new rate is really very difficult to adjust. Initially I wrote to them but they said it is due to market condition and decision by the management.
      My email id is :- Please message me on this email as I need few things to be clarified regarding LB work and hope you can help me.
      Thanks & regards,

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