An Interpreter or Translator earns an average wage of $19.62 per hour.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are French Language and English Language.
Interpreter or Translator Total Pay (?
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$20,095 - $70,107
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MEDIAN: $40,228
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Interpreter or Translator Total Pay (?
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$11.16 - $39.77
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$20,095 - $70,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,054  
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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$23,009 - $79,914  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.16 - $39.77  
   
Overtime
$10.85 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,054  
   
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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$23,009 - $79,914  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 542
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Job Description for Interpreter or Translator
The position of translator or interpreter requires someone with proficiency in at least two languages. A high school degree and/or a bachelor's degree, fluency in both languages, and additional courses focusing on translation skills are usually required. Interpreters and translators are required to have sufficient knowledge of the subject matter that they will be translating. For example, translators and interpreters often work in health care settings, where it is important to have an understanding of medical terminology in order to accurately assist doctors and patients.
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 23%
Houston
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National Average
$41,000
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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

French Language
up arrow 22%
English Language
up arrow 11%
Localization and Translation
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 50%
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