Interpreter or Translator Salary

Earnings for Interpreters in the United States come in at around $20.19 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.23 per hour, and the top verges on $41.06. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and just under a third have dental coverage, nearly one-half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Interpreters. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,543 - $69,986

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$11.23 - $41.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,543 - $69,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$22,631 - $81,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $41.06  
   
Overtime
$3.75 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$22,631 - $81,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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 sometimes move into a Sign Language Interpreter role, where the salary is similar. Becoming a Translator or a Spanish Interpreter and Translator is often the next step for an Interpreter.

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Interpreters usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Localization and Translation can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 45 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include English Language, Japanese Language, and Spanish Language. English Language and Spanish Language are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Interpreters. Interpreters in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Interpreters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $60K.

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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Localization and Translation
up arrow 45%

National Average
$42,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Japanese Language
up arrow 4%

English Language
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 50%
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