Interpreter Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Interpreter is $19.82 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. A skill in Russian Language is associated with high pay for this job.
Interpreter Salary (?
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$17,684 - $62,571
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MEDIAN: $33,954
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Interpreter Salary (?
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$10.67 - $39.16
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$17,684 - $62,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
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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$20,722 - $82,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.67 - $39.16  
   
Overtime
$13.82 - $50.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$20,722 - $82,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 266
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 52%
New York
up arrow 49%
Phoenix
up arrow 31%
San Jose
up arrow 31%
Columbus
up arrow 5%
National Average
$40,000
Charlotte
up arrow 1%
Seattle
up arrow 7%
Houston
up arrow 8%
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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.
What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Interpreter in Phoenix:
"Read a variety of topics in your native language."
To be very knowledgeable in diverse topics to increase vocabulary.

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Experience Affects Interpreter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%
Experienced
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Interpreter Salaries

Russian Language
up arrow 27%
American Sign Language
up arrow 4%
Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 1%
National Average
$40,000
Sign Language
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 61%