Interpreter or Translator Salary
Pay for Interpreters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.84 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Interpreters is high. Just under a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little more than half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Most Interpreters survey respondents are women (72 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$23,544 - $67,383|
|Bonus||$15.46 - $19,392|
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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).)
|$23,929 - $75,351|
|Hourly Rate||$11.69 - $38.78|
|Overtime||$12.75 - $50.34|
|Bonus||$15.46 - $19,392|
|Total Pay (||$23,929 - $75,351|
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.Read More...
Some companies may require interpreters to work with other interpreters and double-check the work they have submitted to the company. In some cases, prior training is preferred, but not a strict requirement. Interpreters must also be able to translate texts and speak on behalf of a representative of a specific company or client.
Those in this position are responsible for ensuring that everyone is able to understand everyone else clearly and regardless of the language barrier. Depending on the employer, the work environment can vary, though it is usually an indoor office setting. Hours can vary depending on the company's needs; some companies may prefer interpreters to work full 40-hour work weeks, while others may employ them for ten or twenty hours per week.
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
Although it's unusual, some Interpreters transition into jobs as Sign Language Interpreters. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $46K per year, though. Becoming a Translator or a Spanish Interpreter and Translator is, however, a more typical career progression for Interpreters.
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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
Home to some of the best pay for Interpreters, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 76 percent above the national average. Interpreters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+53 percent), Seattle (+48 percent), San Jose (+45 percent), and Atlanta (+31 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Interpreter's salary, with Houston Interpreters earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Phoenix and 4 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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