Linguist Salary

An average Linguist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. For the most part, Linguists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Linguists making up 59 percent of survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,917 - $100,399
(Median)
$41K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,894
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$19.97 - $50.84
(Median)
$20
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,917 - $100,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,223  
Profit Sharing
$24,717  
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).
)
$41,535 - $106,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.97 - $50.84  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $59.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,223  
   
Profit Sharing
$24,717  
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).
)
$41,535 - $106,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Many Linguists move into an Intelligence Analyst role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Intelligence Analysts on average bring in a similar salary to Linguists.

Linguist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Survey takers who work as Linguists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Pashto Language and Farsi Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language, Localization and Translation, and Data Analysis. Aptitude in Data Analysis tends to also indicate an understanding of Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Linguist

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


Linguists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $79K. Linguists bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $87K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,960

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Linguists in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Linguists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Reston (+27 percent), Washington (+23 percent), San Jose (+21 percent), and San Francisco (+20 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Linguists earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Linguist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 29%


National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Linguist Salaries

Pashto Language
up arrow 27%

Farsi Language
up arrow 20%

National Average
$66,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 9%

Localization and Translation
up arrow 11%

Spanish Language
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 21%
ADVERTISEMENT