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Linguist Salary

The average Linguist in the United States earns approximately $69K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Linguists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Linguists who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. Although just over one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,049 - $99,579
(Median)
$40K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,383
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$19.57 - $52.07
(Median)
$20
$28
$52
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,049 - $99,579  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,060  
Profit Sharing
$8,139 - $31,107  
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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$40,777 - $106,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $52.07  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $59.67  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,139 - $31,107  
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).
)
$40,777 - $106,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Job Description for Linguist

A linguist is someone who works with languages. This job will vary depending on which industry they work in. The job will generally have them working as translators, interpreting, and doing forensic sciences. Generally, linguists are required in law enforcement and the military. They have an important role of helping these agencies in investigating and preventing various crimes. If they work with the CIA or FBI, they will also assist in securing national security. The linguist will generally work on their own or in a team, depending on the industry that they are employed in. There is a lot of freedom on the job, and they often set the working tone themselves. If working as part of the team, they will interact with various other linguists.

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Linguist Tasks

  • Write reports and analyses of data, training and web/media analyses.
  • Transcription, interpretation and content analyses of foreign language materials.
  • Translate primary documentation, then summarize and add metadata.

Common Career Paths for Linguist


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For Linguists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Linguists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Intelligence Analyst.

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Linguists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Pashto Language and Farsi Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 31 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Localization and Translation, Data Analysis, and Spanish Language. It is not unusual for someone who knows Data Analysis to be familiar with Spanish Language as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Linguist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. On average, Linguists make $82K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


Reston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Linguists, 30 percent above the national average. Linguists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+29 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Linguist's salary, with San Antonio Linguists earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Linguist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 26%


National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Linguist Salaries

Farsi Language
up arrow 31%

Pashto Language
up arrow 31%

National Average
$64,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 7%

Localization and Translation
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 22%
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