Interpreters in the United States take home an average $19.35 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Interpreters survey respondents are women (75 percent). Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, a little over a half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,950 - $73,840
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$74K
MEDIAN: $39,693
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90%

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$11.10 - $36.02
(Median)
$11
$19
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,950 - $73,840  
   
Bonus
$22.00 - $3,350  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,611 - $75,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $36.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$10.39 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$22.00 - $3,350  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,611 - $75,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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Job Description for Interpreter

An interpreter works to break down the language barrier for their clients. In the classic sense, an interpreter facilitates communication between two people by translating the statements of each person into the other person's language. For example, if an English speaker and a Mandarin Chinese speaker need to conduct business with each other, and neither knows the other's language, an interpreter would listen to the English speaker's statements and repeat them in Mandarin; conversely, the interpreter would listen to the Mandarin speaker's statements and repeat them in English.

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Interpreter Tasks

  • Explain and clarify cultural expectations and idiom.
  • Translate written documents or audio tapes to and from target language and English.
  • Convey spoken content accurately from one language to another.
  • Assist with documentation, filing and paperwork.

Common Career Paths for Interpreter


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Although some Interpreters become Sign Language Interpreter, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $45K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interpreter


Cyracom offers the largest salaries in town ($29K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $23K to $64K.

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Interpreters who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. Interpreters bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Interpreters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,149

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York, Washington, and Boston — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Interpreters. Location significantly influences compensation, with Phoenix Interpreters earning much less — 30 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (25 percent less) and Houston (22 percent less).

Interpreter Reviews

What is it like working as an Interpreter?

Interpreter in Kennesaw:
"Work Flexibility, Work From Home By Phone, Good Hourly Pay."
Pros: Flexibility on my job. Able to help people to understand each other taking the barrier on language. Not a physical straining job, but mental.
Cons: Need to be waiting for the call to come, you don't know when the call is coming.

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Experience Affects Interpreter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%



National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Interpreter Salaries

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 52%

French Language
up arrow 46%

Portuguese Language
up arrow 40%

Arabic Language
up arrow 30%

American Sign Language
up arrow 12%

Japanese Language
up arrow 12%

English Language
0%

National Average
$40,000

Sign Language
up arrow 4%



Russian Language
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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