Interpreter Salary (United States)

The average wage for an Interpreter is $19.73 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Bilingual and Russian Language.
Interpreter Total Pay (?
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$18,288 - $62,510
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MEDIAN: $32,927
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Interpreter Total Pay (?
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$10.67 - $36.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$18,288 - $62,510  
   
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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$21,062 - $77,163  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.67 - $36.46  
   
Overtime
$13.68 - $48.78  
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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$21,062 - $77,163  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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.
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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
New York
up arrow 38%
San Jose
up arrow 33%
Phoenix
up arrow 28%
Columbus
up arrow 6%
Los Angeles
up arrow 6%
Houston
up arrow 3%
National Average
$40,000
Seattle
up arrow 6%
Charlotte
up arrow 12%
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Interpreter Advice

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

Experienced
up arrow 30%
Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Interpreter Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 46%
Russian Language
up arrow 28%
American Sign Language
up arrow 5%
Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 2%
National Average
$40,000
Sign Language
up arrow 4%
Arabic Language
up arrow 17%
Customer Service
up arrow 39%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 61%
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