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Linguist Salary (United States)

A Linguist earns an average salary of $68,995 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Farsi Language and Data Analysis.
Linguist Salary (?
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$37,396 - $100,324
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MEDIAN: $68,994
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Linguist Salary (?
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$12.62 - $52.92
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,396 - $100,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,663  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $32,438  
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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$38,534 - $109,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $52.92  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $68.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,663  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $32,438  
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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$38,534 - $109,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Linguist

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 67%
National Average
$62,000
New York
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Augusta
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Experience Affects Linguist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 28%
National Average
$62,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Linguist Salaries

Farsi Language
up arrow 53%
Data Analysis
up arrow 28%
National Average
$62,000
Spanish Language
up arrow 1%
Localization and Translation
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
38%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 21%