Interpreter or Translator Salary

Pay for Interpreters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.95 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.21 per hour, and the top verges on $41.84. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but one-half have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. More than half of Interpreters (69 percent) survey participants are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,279 - $70,143
(Median)
$19K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,765
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$11.21 - $41.84
(Median)
$11
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,279 - $70,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
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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$22,386 - $82,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $41.84  
   
Overtime
$3.75 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
   
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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$22,386 - $82,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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Job Description for Interpreter or Translator

An interpreter's main duties are to translate information from one language to another and vice-versa. An associate's or bachelor's degree may be required for this position, though not necessarily. All interpreter/translator positions within the country require that the person be a legal citizen of the United States of America, and most positions also require that applicants have their own reliable method of transportation to get to work.

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Interpreter or Translator Tasks

  • Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
  • Assist in creating documents and presentation materials in foreign languages for meetings and general communications.
  • Translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.
  • Provide linguistic assistance to clients or associates.

Common Career Paths for Interpreter or Translator


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Interpreters' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Sign Language Interpreter. On average, Sign Language Interpreters get paid about the same as Interpreters do.

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Survey takers who work as Interpreters report a focused set of job skills. Japanese Language and Spanish Language are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language and Japanese Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $42K. Interpreters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $60K.

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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Japanese Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 51%
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