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.

$23,544 - $67,383
$24K
$41K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,051
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$11.69 - $38.78
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MEDIAN: $19.84
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$0$75K
Salary $23,544 - $67,383
Bonus $15.46 - $19,392
Total Pay (?
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$23,929 - $75,351
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 142
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $11.69 - $38.78
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $12.75 - $50.34
Annual Data $0$75K
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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$23,929 - $75,351
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 356

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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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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

National Average: $41,419

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Interpreter or Translator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Interpreter or Translator?

Interpreter or Translator in Longview:
"Translating dead lines for exams, letters, telephone confere."
Pros: The main environment that has to do with education, such as literary work and exams. Interpersonal activities with students, parents and special education staff.
Cons: I don't agree with the pay. I know that my job is well valued by the special education staff and my interaction with the community has been a successful bridge with the school district.

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Key Stats for Interpreter or Translator

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Interpreter or Translator Salaries

▲20%

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Interpreter or Translator Salaries

Localization and Translation
▲48%

French Language
▲45%

Portuguese Language
▲4%

National Average
$41,000

Japanese Language
▼3%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
▼4%



Bilingual
▼9%

Microsoft Office
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 47%
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