Linguists in the United States can expect wages of $61K per year on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. Male Linguists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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.Read More...
The educational background for a linguist job will require them to have a bachelor’s degree, as well as knowing at least two languages. Depending on the industry or company that they are working for, there might be language proficiency tests that may need to be done, as well as other minor checks. What is important is that the individual is fluent in the language that they are applying for and should be able to read and speak it with ease.
A typical job for the linguist will vary, depending on what industry they are working in. One can generally expect that linguists in an office will work a typical 9-5. For those who are needed in different industries such as the military or the federal government, the linguist might be in the field at various hours as needed.
- 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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Linguist
U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $45K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $107K.
Popular Skills for Linguist
Survey results suggest that Linguists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Pashto Language, Arabic Language, and Farsi Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 25 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Farsi Language and Arabic 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $53K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. Linguists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $80K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Linguists, working in the bustling city of Reston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Linguists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+33 percent), Tampa (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Augusta (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New York Linguists earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Dallas (18 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).
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