Interpreter Salary

Earnings for Interpreters in the United States come in at around $19.19 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the specific company. The majority of Interpreters claim high levels of job satisfaction. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Interpreters making up 74 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,071 - $79,463
$24K
$40K
$79K
MEDIAN: $40,005
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$11.25 - $36.30
$11
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$36
MEDIAN: $19.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,071 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$30.34 - $3,064  
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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$23,930 - $77,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $36.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$10.34 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$30.34 - $3,064  
   
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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$23,930 - $77,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 425

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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.

Common Career Paths for Interpreter


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It doesn't happen often, but some Interpreters do move on to become Sign Language Interpreters. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $45K per year.

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Cyracom does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $29K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $23K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $64K.

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter

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


For many Interpreters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Interpreters in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $36K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $42K. Interpreters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,103

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

Surpassing the national average by 75 percent, Interpreters in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Interpreters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+58 percent), Chicago (+37 percent), Boston (+30 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Phoenix Interpreters have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 25 percent less in Columbus and 24 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Interpreter Salaries

Late-Career
▲56%

▲28%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Interpreter Salaries

French Language
▲62%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
▲25%

Arabic Language
▲17%

American Sign Language
▲12%

Japanese Language
▲1%

Russian Language
▲1%

English Language
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Sign Language
▼4%



Bilingual
▼8%

Portuguese Language
▼21%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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