Interpreter Salary

The average pay for an Interpreter is $19.24 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. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are French Language, Chinese, Mandarin Language, and American Sign Language.
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$23,446 - $79,189
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MEDIAN: $40,183
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$11.47 - $39.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$23,446 - $79,189  
   
Bonus
$13.40 - $3,587  
Profit Sharing
$1,140  
Total Pay (?
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$24,057 - $82,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $39.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.83  
Overtime
$12.16 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$13.40 - $3,587  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,140  
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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$24,057 - $82,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 451

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter

Pay by Experience for an Interpreter has a positive trend. An entry-level Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 330 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Interpreter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 151 salaries. An experienced Interpreter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 109 salaries. An Interpreter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,701

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Interpreter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Interpreter

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Interpreter Salaries

▲53%

▲26%

▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Interpreter Salaries

French Language
▲60%


American Sign Language
▲10%

Arabic Language
▲2%

Russian Language
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


Japanese Language
▼1%


Sign Language
▼5%


Bilingual
▼9%

Portuguese Language
▼22%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 52%
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