Linguist Salary

Linguists in the United States take home an average $61K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Linguists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 62 percent. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Linguists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$39,125 - $99,434
$39K
$61K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,401
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$18.00 - $40.00
$18
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $26.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,125 - $99,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
Total Pay (?
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$39,132 - $98,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.00 - $40.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.08  
Overtime
$33.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
   
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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$39,132 - $98,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Linguist


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Many Linguists advance their careers by becoming Intelligence Analysts, who report a slightly higher median income of $67K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Linguist


U.S. Army offers the largest salaries in town — $55K on average.

Offering a median salary of only $45K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $22K to $107K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Linguist


Linguists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Pashto Language, Arabic Language, and Farsi Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 22 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, French Language, and Localization and Translation. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Farsi Language and Arabic Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Linguist

Pay by Experience for a Linguist has a positive trend. An entry-level Linguist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 136 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Linguist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Linguist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 38 salaries. A Linguist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,819

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

Reston is home to an above-average pay rate for Linguists, 33 percent higher than the national average. Linguists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+32 percent), Tampa (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Augusta (+9 percent). Linguists in New York take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. On the whole, employers pay 18 percent below the median salary for those in this field in San Antonio and Dallas.

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Key Stats for Linguist

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Linguist Salaries

Experienced
▲27%

Late-Career
▲27%

▲1%

National Average
$61,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Linguist Salaries

Pashto Language
▲38%

Arabic Language
▲22%


Chinese, Mandarin Language
▲14%

National Average
$61,000

Korean Language
▼1%


Localization and Translation
▼4%

French Language
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 30%
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