Interpreter or Translator Salary

Average Interpreters in the United States make around $19.89 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Interpreters. Most Interpreters survey respondents are women (74 percent). A little less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over a half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,553 - $67,716
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$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,350
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$11.29 - $38.90
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MEDIAN: $19.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,553 - $67,716  
   
Bonus
$15.46 - $19,392  
Total Pay (?
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$23,568 - $76,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.29 - $38.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$8.14 - $58.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$15.46 - $19,392  
   
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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$23,568 - $76,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 344

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Interpreter or Translator


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Interpreters may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Sign Language Interpreter. Sign Language Interpreters on average make about as much as Interpreters do. It is more probable, however, that Interpreters become Translators or Spanish Interpretes and Translators.

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Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator

Pay by Experience for an Interpreter or Translator has a positive trend. An entry-level Interpreter or Translator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 266 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Interpreter or Translator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 126 salaries. An experienced Interpreter or Translator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 140 salaries. An Interpreter or Translator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 50 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,626

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Interpreters, 75 percent higher than the national average. Interpreters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+52 percent), Seattle (+47 percent), San Jose (+44 percent), and Atlanta (+31 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Interpreter's salary, with Houston Interpreters earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (23 percent less) and Dallas (5 percent less).

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Key Stats for Interpreter or Translator

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

▲20%

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$42,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Localization and Translation
▲47%

French Language
▲44%

Portuguese Language
▲3%

National Average
$42,000

Japanese Language
▼3%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
▼4%



Bilingual
▼9%

Microsoft Office
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 46%