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Interpreter or Translator Salary

Interpreters in the United States take home an average $19.77 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.07 per hour on the lower end to $41.09 on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Around half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, half report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. Female Interpreters are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,638 - $69,986
(Median)
$18K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,448
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$11.07 - $41.09
(Median)
$11
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$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$17,638 - $69,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$21,196 - $82,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $41.09  
   
Overtime
$5.79 - $36.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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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$21,196 - $82,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230

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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.

Common Career Paths for Interpreter or Translator


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Interpreters tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Sign Language Interpreter. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Interpreters who took the survey. Japanese Language and Spanish Language are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Interpreter or Translator

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


Interpreters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. Interpreters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Interpreters with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $55K.

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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Japanese Language
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 50%
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