Linguist Salary

An average Linguist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $69K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Linguists is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a fair number. Men account for the majority of Linguists who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,103 - $99,426
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$41K
$69K
$99K
MEDIAN: $68,959
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$19.15 - $51.28
(Median)
$19
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$41,103 - $99,426  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,080  
Profit Sharing
$8,139 - $31,107  
Total Pay (?
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$40,852 - $105,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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Hourly Rate
$19.15 - $51.28  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $59.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,080  
   
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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$40,852 - $105,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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.

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Linguists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Intelligence Analyst. Median pay for Intelligence Analysts is $68K.

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Survey takers who work as Linguists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Pashto Language and Farsi Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 25 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $79K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Linguists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $83K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Linguists report making only $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Linguists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Linguists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Reston (+31 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Linguists is geography, with workers in San Antonio earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Linguist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%


Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Linguist Salaries

Pashto Language
up arrow 30%

Farsi Language
up arrow 25%

National Average
$64,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 7%

Data Analysis
up arrow 8%

Localization and Translation
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 21%
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