Interpreter or Translator Salary (United States)

An Interpreter or Translator earns an average wage of $19.51 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. 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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$18,954 - $69,721
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MEDIAN: $40,420
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Interpreter or Translator Total Pay (?
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$10.92 - $40.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$18,954 - $69,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,359  
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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$21,649 - $81,820  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 463
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.92 - $40.30  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,359  
   
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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$21,649 - $81,820  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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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.

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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
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Houston
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National Average
$41,000
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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

French Language
up arrow 23%
English Language
up arrow 12%
Localization and Translation
up arrow 2%
National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 50%
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